Hong Kong leader offers ‘most sincere apology’ for crisis Jun 19, 2019 0 789 12345 AFPHong KongHong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologised Tuesday for the political unrest that has shaken Hong Kong, but the pro-Beijing chief executive refused to bow to demands for her resignation.Lam suspended the bill on Saturday after two massive rallies that saw isolated bouts of violence between the police and some protesters.But that failed to quell public anger, and an even bigger rally Sunday drew over two million people, organisers said–more than a quarter of the population. “I personally have to shoulder much of the responsibility. This has led to controversies, disputes and anxieties in society,” Lam told a press conference.“For this I offer my most sincere apology to all people of Hong Kong.” Activists have demanded the bill be withdrawn fully, for Lam to step down, and for police to be investigated for using tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters.They have also asked for all charges to be dropped against anyone detained during the protests. But Lam gave no indication she was prepared to step down, saying instead she wanted to “continue to work very hard... to meet the aspirations of the Hong Kong people”. Lam tacitly suggested, however, that the extradition bill was unlikely to be revived given the public sentiment.“I will not proceed again with this legislative exercise if these fears and anxieties could not be adequately addressed,” she said. “If the bill... (does) not make the legislative council by July next year, it will expire... and the government will accept that reality.” - Public rage -Protest organisers were unmoved by Lam’s latest public statement, and slammed her for failing to address their demands.“Her attitude is arrogant,” said Jimmy Sham of the Civil Human Rights Front, an umbrella organisation of various groups participating in the protests. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Anger in India as lychee-linked brain fever kills 103 children Jun 19, 2019 0 721 Strong quake jolts Japan Jun 19, 2019 0 830 ‘Invisible pandemic’: WHO offers global plan to fight superbugs Jun 19, 2019 0 755 Mt Everest summits smash record amid deadly bottlenecks AFP Kathmandu A record 885 people climbed Everest in May this year, figures showed Tuesday, capping a deadly traffic-clogged season that also saw 11 climbers die on the world’s highest mountain. The number smashed last .. Pakistan army rescues six climbers stranded by massive avalanche dpa Islamabad Six mountaineers who were hit by an avalanche while climbing at an altitude of around 5,300 meters in northern Pakistan were rescued by helicopter on Tuesday. “Four Italian and two female climbers from .. SE Asia should ban imports of foreign trash: Environmentalists Reuters BANGKOK Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a plastic pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this ..