Joshua Wong predicts more protests after HK leader apologises | AFP

Leading Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong predicts more demonstrations to come as the city’s leader Carrie Lam apologises for the extradition crisis but refuses to bow to demands for her resignation. SOUNDBITE

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Hong Kong leader offers ‘most sincere apology’ | AFP

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologises over the political crisis and unrest sparked by a proposed China-backed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. SOUNDBITE

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Joshua Wong warns more protests if Carrie Lam doesn’t resign | AFP

Joshua Wong, the student leader who became the face of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement” democracy protests in 2014, is released from prison. Wong tells reporters that the city’s embattled leader Carrie Lam must resign, “otherwise more Hong Kong people… will come and join the our fight.” SOUNDBITE

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Why Hong Kong Is Rising Up (HBO)

For the second time in four days, Hong Kong was brought to a standstill by mass protests over a controversial extradition bill that threatens to chip away at the city’s diminishing semi-independence from China.

The demonstrations earned protesters a brief victory: the delay of a second reading of the bill. But tensions soon boiled over, when police fired rubber bullets and teargas to clear protesters from the streets, injuring dozens and further stoking outrage between the city’s pro-Beijing government and its residents.

Wednesday night’s events follow one of the biggest public protests in Hong Kong’s history, when more than one million people, about one-seventh of the population, swarmed the city’s streets on Sunday.

Read: Hong Kong protesters tell us why this might be their “last chance” to defy Beijing

At the center of the public’s fury is a proposed law that would allow China to extradite people from Hong Kong to the mainland. The bill has come to symbolize growing fear that the region, long-viewed as a separate entity from mainland China, is losing its autonomy under Beijing’s encroaching authoritarianism. They have reason to be concerned.

When the UK handed the island back to China in 1997, Hong Kong was promised freedoms of speech, press and assembly under its Basic Law — which effectively serves as the islands constitution and differentiates it from the mainland. But in recent years, Beijing has begun to impose its will on Hong Kong, slowly eroding those freedoms in a bid to bring the region more firmly under its control.

“I reminisce about the period of British rule. I was born and brought up in Hong Kong” Wong Fung Yiu, a 63 year old retiree at Sunday’s march told VICE News. “Human rights were better back in that time, compared to what we have nowadays. I have no trust in Mainland China.”

Despite the delays, Carrie Lam, the island’s pro-Beijing Chief Executive, has vowed to push the bill through the government saying further delays would only cause more “anxiety and divisiveness in society.”

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Protests in Hong Kong as Xi swears in new leader

President Xi Jinping swears in new Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam as the politically divided city marks 20 years since it was handed back to China by Britain, with clashes between pro and anti-Beijing protesters close to the ceremony. IMAGES