Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to defuse protests that have rocked the city without stepping down or officially withdrawing a bill that would allow extraditions to China for the first time. “I personally have to shoulder much of the responsibilities,” Lam told reporters Tuesday, in her first public address since suspending the proposal on Saturday. “CHRF does not accept at all Carrie Lam’s so-called apology,” Bonnie Leung, the group’s vice convener, said after Lam spoke. Still, China — her most important backer — said on Monday it continues to “firmly support” Lam and her government. Only people who threw bricks and wielded metal poles against police officers might have committed riot offences, police commissioner Stephen Lo told reporters.
Source: National Post June 18, 2019 10:52 UTC