Hong Kong activists hold vigil for deceased supporters

Army soldier saluts to Chinese national flag during an open day of Stonecutters Island naval base in Hong Kong

Army soldier saluts to Chinese national flag during an open day of Stonecutters Island naval base in Hong Kong

Protesters are persisting in their demands for the bill to be formally withdrawn and an investigation opened into heavy-handed tactics used by police against demonstrators.

After a month of protests that saw as many as two million people in the streets at one time, Hong Kong's Special Administrative Region (SAR) government claims it has made a decision to no longer pursue an extradition bill with Mainland China.

"So how can the government tell us that we should preserve our rule of law, when [Lam] herself does not use the principle of the rule of law", they said.

But not everyone is convinced, with activists asserting that Lam did not go far enough to address public demands, and that the bill is still technically in motion within Hong Kong's legislative procedure. "She is still running away from the problem", Lo said.

Lam acknowledged at a news conference earlier on Tuesday that there were "lingering doubts about the government's sincerity or worries about whether it would seek to bring the legislation back for a vote". But she said: "I reiterate here, there is no such plan".

Since early June, there has been an vast show of public opposition against a proposed extradition bill that would allow anyone in Hong Kong, including foreigners, to be sent to Mainland China to face trial under Chinese law.

Protesters are demanding an independent investigation into alleged police abuse of force against demonstrators on June 12, when officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds blocking major streets.

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