Activists involved in the protests against the extradition bill in Hong Kong called for the territory's Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down and for the suspended bill to be fully withdrawn, during a press conference on Tuesday, threatening more protests if their demands are not met.
"We repeatedly request [for] Carrie Lam to step down, because Carrie Lam can no longer effectively govern Hong Kong," said Bonnie Leung, Vice-Convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front. She added that although Lam asked for a second chance, "there are some mistakes too big that you do not deserve to have a second chance."
Secretary-General of pro-democracy party Demosisto Joshua Wong said, "What we realize is, no matter how President Xi Jinping or Carrie Lam try to ignore the request from people or silence the voice from Hong Kong citizens, more and more rally or actions or protests will happen soon, especially before the G20 summit and also before the 22 anniversary of the Hong Kong handover."
Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers took to the streets in recent weeks to protest a proposed extradition bill which, protesters fear, would make it easier for Beijing to prosecute political dissidents.
The bill, proposed in February, would allow Hong Kong to accept extradition requests from countries with which it has no prior agreement, such as mainland China.