Protesters in Hong Kong still demand full, final withdrawal of bill
Updated: 2019-06-17 16:37:08 KST
A day after one of the largest demonstrations in decades, Hong Kong residents dressed in black continue demanding the full and final withdrawal of a bill that would allow Hong Kong citizens to be sent to mainland China for trials.
According to numbers estimated by the Leaders of the Civil Human Rights Front, the organizers of the protests, nearly 2 million people in Hong Kong took to the streets on Sunday, marking the city's largest protest since 1989.
Hong Kong police, however, estimated some 338-thousand protesters.
"I want the government to withdraw the bill, not just suspend it. I'm not satisfied with this and that's why I keep coming out (to protest)."
The protests continued despite Chief Executive Carrie Lam's suspension of the bill and issuance of an apology over the government's handling of it.
"I feel deep sorrow and regret that the deficiencies in our work and various other factors have stirred up substantial controversies and dispute in society following the relatively calm periods of the past two years, disappointing many people.
Joining the protests is Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, who just walked free from prison on Monday afternoon.
As one of the leaders of the so-called "umbrella pro-democracy protests" in 2014, he said he will "join to fight against this evil law" and added that now is the time for Carrie Lam to resign.
With no timetable to relaunch the suspended bill, watchers point that the bill may face a "natural death" when the Legislative Council's current term ends in July next year.
Choi Si-young, Arirang News.