Published: Wed, August 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hong Kong leader hopes peaceful rally presages 'return to calm'

Hong Kong leader hopes peaceful rally presages 'return to calm'

Sunday's demonstration was the 11th consecutive weekend that protesters have flooded the streets of Hong Kong, calling for democracy and less interference from the Chinese government.

Members of the Civil Human Rights Front on Tuesday were responding to Chief Executive Carrie Lam's announcement that she will immediately set up a "communication platform" to resolve differences to end the protests. "There is no plan to revive the bill, especially in light of the public concerns".

Activists and lawmakers have put forward five demands - the bill's withdrawal, an independent investigation into police brutality, a stop in describing the protests as "rioting", Lam's resignation from the governing body and resuming political reform since the 2014 Umbrella Movement.

The HKSAR government will act more boldly to deal with deep-seated problems and both high-level and grassroots officials will give priority to the need of residents when proposing specific measures, Lam said.

Anger erupted in June over a now-suspended bill that would allow criminal suspects in the former British colony to be extradited to mainland China.

Lam's proposal came as the United Kingdom said it was "extremely concerned" by reports that one of its Hong Kong consulate workers, 28-year-old Simon Cheng, had been detained during a recent trip to the mainland city of Shenzhen, just across the border.

They said they have not given up and will continue protests in their own way. She also said a fact-finding study will look at the causes of the protests and the police response to them.

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.

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters questions at a press conference in Hong Kong Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

Police have been criticized for using aggressive tactics to break up demonstrations but there was a minimal police presence on Sunday and no arrests were made.

"One of its most important strengths is the rule of law", Lam said of the financial hub.

The force has become the loathed face of the Hong Kong government, and small groups of hardcore protesters have frequently clashed with frontline officers. Her efforts so far to reach out to some student leaders were rebuffed after they rejected her conditions on the meetings.

China has put strong pressure on big companies, especially Cathay Pacific Airways.

His sudden departure was announced by Chinese state television last Friday and was seen as a signal to other multinationals, such as HSBC Holdings and Jardine Matheson Holdings, to support Beijing.

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.

The Council called for greater development of the so-called Greater Bay Area and to enrich the "one country, two systems" policy.

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