Protesters in Hong Kong have rejected the apology of the city chief for his treatment of a controversial extradition bill.

Tens of thousands of people protested against the bill, which they said would allow China to extradite Hong Kong residents to the mainland for political trial purposes.

On Monday, the police started cleaning the streets after massive demonstrations the night before.

HONG KONG, HONG KONG - JUNE 16: Protesters protest against the extradition bill currently suspended in Hong Kong, China, on June 16, 2019. A large number of protesters gathered Sunday, despite yesterday 's announcement by Hong Kong Executive Director Carrie Lam that the controversial extradition bill will be suspended for an indefinite period. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok / Getty Images)
Protesters protesting the extradition bill were told that it would be scrapped

Carrie Lam, the executive director, admitted "that shortcomings in the work of the government have provoked many controversies and controversies in society, causing disappointment and grief among the population".

"The Executive Director has apologized to the people of Hong Kong and is committed to a most sincere and humble attitude to accept criticism and improve service to the public," the statement added.

One of the protest groups, the Civil Human Rights Front, said in a statement: "This is a total insult to the people who took to the streets".

Ms. Lam had stated that the law would prevent criminals from using Hong Kong as a safe haven, but many thought it would override the legal protections and freedoms promised by the Chinese government when it took control of the territory. 1997.

HONG KONG - JUNE 14: People hold up smartphone lights and posters at a "Mums protest" against alleged police brutality and the proposed extradition treaty, near the Legislative Council building on the 14th. June 2019 in Hong Kong. The territorial Legislative Council on Thursday postponed the second reading of the controversial extradition bill, after police and protesters clashed in front of government buildings, as tensions over the draft law allowing Sending suspected criminals to the mainland. About 1 million people took to the streets on Sunday to demonstrate as clashes between police protesters broke out after the peaceful march. Many believe that the proposed amendment would erode Hong Kong's legal protections and expose its citizens to a risk of extradition to China. (Photo of Carl Court / Getty Images)
Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong

According to the law, Beijing should comply with the rule "a country with two systems", which promises to respect the legal autonomy of Hong Kong for 50 years.

The U-turn was considered one of the most important political movements in the history of the territory and led many to question about Ms. Lam's ability to lead Hong Kong.

Over the past week, hundreds of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong about the bill, and many were struck by a potentially lethal force during police clashes.

Claudia Mo, a politician, said, "The Hong Kong Democrats simply can not accept this suspension decision because the suspension is temporary, the pain is still there."

Bonny Leung, leader of the Human Rights and Civil Rights Front, one of the groups that participated in organizing the demonstrations, said: "We have been lying in Hong Kong so many times ".

HONG KONG, HONG KONG - JUNE 15: Carrie Lam, Executive Director of Hong Kong, speaks at a press conference at the Central Government Complex on June 15, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam announced the postponement of a controversial extradition bill in China and its advances on Saturday after recent clashes between police and protesters in front of government buildings in About the bill authorizing the sending of suspected criminals on the continent. About 1 million people took to the streets on Sunday to protest the bill as clashes between police protesters broke out after the peaceful march and many believe that the proposed amendment would erode Hong Kong's legal protections. and expose its citizens to the risk of extradition to China. . (Photo by Anthony Kwan / Getty Images)
Ms. Lam announced the decision to suspend the bill on Saturday

On the other side of the Chinese border, the communist-led government issued statements in support of Ms. Lam's decision to suspend the bill.

Meanwhile, mourners lay flowers on the sidewalk near the place where a man lost his life, apparently after being killed by scaffolding in a mall while he was carrying a protest banner.

The memorial of the man who died during a demonstration
The memorial of the man who died during a demonstration

Rescuers would have tried to cushion the fall of this man, without however catching it.

Also on Monday, Joshua Wong, an emblematic figure of the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests in Hong Kong, was released from prison.

The 22-year-old has served a two-month jail sentence for contempt of court because of these protests and said Monday that he "will join the [current] protest soon ".

On Saturday, Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt tweaked his support for Lam's decision by saying: "Congratulations to the Hong Kong government for taking into account the concerns of brave citizens who have defended their fundamental rights.

"Safeguarding the rights and freedoms set out in the Sino-British joint declaration is the best future for HK and Britain is joining this legally binding agreement."