Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologises as hundreds of thousands demand she step down | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologises as hundreds of thousands demand she step down

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam was forced into a rare apology on Sunday after hundreds of thousands of protesters, dressed in black and carrying white flowers as a sign of mourning, poured onto the streets demanding she scrap a controversial extradition law and resign.

Organisers claimed numbers were double the estimated one million who turned out last week and the protest route closed major trunk roads deep into the night.

It was an extraordinary show of people power in a city whose freedoms are being increasingly squeezed by Beijing, and ended any hopes that an embattled Ms Lam may have harboured of bringing a swift end to the spiralling political crisis that has engulfed Hong Kong for months.

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