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.
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.
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 ".
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.
Rescuers would have tried to cushion the fall of this man, without however catching it.
Hello everyone and hello freedom. I have just been released from prison. Go Hong Kong !! Withdraw the extradition bill. Carrie Lam resigns. Abandon all political pursuits!
– Joshua Wong 之 鋒 (@joshuawongcf) June 17, 2019
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."