Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said that she will not scrap a controversial plan to permit extradition to mainland China, in spite of being chaos.
Hundreds of thousands of people rallied against the bill on Sunday. Critics featured that the bill will allow China to target political opponents in the region.
She emphasized that the law was necessary and human rights safeguards were in place while she was talking to the reporters on Monday.
Chinese state media reported that “foreign forces” were after the protests.
Organizers estimate that the number of the protesters is one million who took part in Sunday’s march. But police figured it is 240,000.
If the organizer’s estimate is correct then it would be the largest manifestation in Hong Kong since the colony was handed over to China by the British in 1997.
After Sunday’s protest, violence broke out between protesters and police and at least three officers and a journalist got injured.
Carrie Lam said that “The bill wasn’t initiated by Beijing.”