June 16, 2019 / 1:01 PM / a month ago

Hong Kong leader apologizes to public after massive protests over extradition bill

FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks at a news conference in Hong Kong, China, June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologized to the public on Sunday with “utmost sincerity and humility” after the second massive protest in a week over a proposed extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Lam’s statement came after hundreds of thousands of people clogged the streets in central Hong Kong dressed in black to demand that she steps down, a day after she suspended the extradition bill.

Reporting By Twinnie Siu and Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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