Last month, a group of Hong Kong leader had dismissed Carrie Lam offers of a private meeting about the protests over china extradition bill that has been suspended, for now, and called it "too little, too late".
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government will start work immediately on building a platform for dialogue among all walks of life, the HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday. "There is no plan to revive this bill, especially in light of the public concerns".
Pressure has built on Lam among not just protesters, but also the police. Lam said top officials of the SAR government, including herself, were committed to listening to people across the political spectrum in a humble and open manner.
But the unrest has been fuelled by broader worries about the erosion of freedoms guaranteed under the "one country, two systems" formula put in place after Hong Kong's return to China in 1997, including an independent judiciary and the right to protest.
Further protests are being planned in the next few days by various groups, including one by MTR subway workers on Wednesday, secondary school students on Thursday and another by accountants on Friday, according to Reuters.
They said they have not given up and will continue protests in their own way.
Some of the protests have turned violent and resulted in clashes between police and protesters, with officers resorting to using tear gas, rubber bullets and other tactics, and crowds countering by throwing bricks, bamboo sticks and gasoline bombs.
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Millions of people have taken to the streets since June in opposition to the bill, including Sunday's rally and march that organizers said drew 1.7 million people.
Earlier, the government commissioned the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) to look into the causes and find facts pertaining to violent protests from June 9 to July 2 and submit a report within 6 months.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam pauses during a press conference in Hong Kong Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.
On the economic situation in Hong Kong, Lam said the economic figures for the first half of the year did not fully reflect the severity of the downside risks.
The Hong Kong political crisis is the biggest challenge faced by Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. Its CEO Rupert Hogg quit in a shock move last week after Beijing targeted the airline over staff involvement in the protests.
The rally held Sunday was organized by the Civil Human Rights Front, a pro-democracy organization that had also organized two mass peaceful protests in June, as reported by CNN.
China's State Council called on Monday for greater development of Shenzhen and integration of its culture and economy with neighboring Hong Kong and Macau, a former Portuguese-run enclave that returned to China in 1999.