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y, Lam apologized and offered to “accept all criticism” and “serve the public”.

But the demonstrations did not stop.

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tion bill have morphed into demonstrations against the local government’s manner of responding to pub

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Hong Kong’s leader, the chief executive, is currently elected by a 1,200-member election committee.

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