Hong Kong (CNN)Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced Wednesday that she will finally withdraw the loathed extradition bill that kick-started three months of violent protests. The move was greeted not with the relief or happiness she might have hoped for, but with frustration and anger that the compromise had taken so long.

Few expect the unrest to stop anytime soon. The government may hope to outflank the protest movement by painting them as unwilling to accept compromise, but even some of Lam’s allies have publicly said that the withdrawal was too little, too late. Hong Kong protesters' 5 demands

Fully withdraw the extradition billSet up an independent inquiry to probe police brutalityWithdraw the characterization of protests as “riots” Release those arrested at protestsImplement universal suffrage in Hong Kong

Lam has walked right up to the line of an effective solution and stopped just short, just as she did in June when she suspended the bill instead of withdrawing it. Had she announced an independent investigation into allegations of police brutality — thus fulfilling the two most important of the protests’ five demands — she might have taken the wind out of the movement. Instead, she continues to insist the matter be handled by the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), which despite its name has been criticized as stacked with government loyalists and lacks the confidence of protesters. Speaking Wednesday, Michael Tien, a moderate pro-Beijing lawmaker, urged the government to set up an independent inquiry, which was “absolutely necessary to quell the conflicts and for Hong Kong to heal.” Read More”I absolutely believe an independent inquiry is of utmost importance,” he said. “The withdrawal of the bill … may be too late because this movement has become more than the bill.” Starry Lee, leader of the largest pro-Beijing party, said of Lam’s withdrawal: “We think it’s late, but it’s important for someone to take the first step. Whether this will stop the movement, it depends on the society.”Students form a human chain during a protest on September 5, 2019, in Hong Kong. Pepe the Frog does not have the same right-wing connotation in Hong Kong as in the US. Students form a human chain during a protest on September 5, 2019, in Hong Kong. Pepe the Frog does not have the same right-wing connotation in Hong Kong as in the US. Students form a human chain during a protest on September 5, 2019, in Hong Kong. Pepe the Frog does not have the same right-wing connotation in Hong Kong as in the US. Too little, too late?For weeks, the government has been insisting — as protests became more and more violent and the city’s economy stumbled — that the suspension of the bill in June was as good as withdrawal, that it was dead and done and protesters should take the concession and go home. Now, in week 13, protesters have shown skepticism of her decision now to withdraw the bill “to fully allay public concerns.” While their demands have expanded over the course of this summer of discontent, withdrawal has always been their number one appeal.”If Carrie Lam had withdrawn the bill two months ago, it would have been a quick fix,” one protester said at a press conference following Lam’s announcement. “We have one demand down and four to go. We won’t settle for less.” Pro-government lawmakers and members of Lam’s cabinet have long said they supported withdrawing the bill. If as some reports have suggested, Lam genuinely changed her view after meetings with various youth and business groups demonstrated how much public opinion was in favor of withdrawal, then this only reinforces a perception of her as out of touch.Online, some protesters joked that Lam was always late, comparing her to a shoddy internet browser that takes forever to load a page. Others saw something more sinister in the decision, saying it was an attempt to buy time or a few weeks of peace ahead of October 1, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, a celebration Beijing will not want overshadowed by Hong Kong protests. No one seemed willing to accept the withdrawal as a victory. Protest groups are continuing to organize student strikes, rallies and a renewed targeting of the city’s airport, the focus of several recent major protests. Fernando Cheung, a pro-democracy lawmaker, said that despite the withdrawal, Lam “is not doing her job, she is not answering the people’s demands, and not in a timely manner.”He predicted the protests will continue. “I don’t think anybody wants more violence” but given the situation “people are willing to risk their lives for the future of Hong Kong.” Students wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads "five major demands are indispensable" at St. Francis' Canossian College in Hong Kong on Monday, September 2. Students wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads "five major demands are indispensable" at St. Francis' Canossian College in Hong Kong on Monday, September 2. Photos: Hong Kong protestsStudents wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads “five major demands are indispensable” at St. Francis’ Canossian College in Hong Kong on Monday, September 2. Hide Caption 1 of 105Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city's airport.Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city's airport. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city’s airport.Hide Caption 2 of 105A passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport.A passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport.Hide Caption 3 of 105Pro-democracy protesters leave after riot police arrived outside the airport on September 1.Pro-democracy protesters leave after riot police arrived outside the airport on September 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPro-democracy protesters leave after riot police arrived outside the airport on September 1.Hide Caption 4 of 105A protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally on August 31, a day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.A protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally on August 31, a day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally on August 31, a day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.Hide Caption 5 of 105Protesters stand in front of a burning barricade as clashes with the police intensified on August 31.Protesters stand in front of a burning barricade as clashes with the police intensified on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters stand in front of a burning barricade as clashes with the police intensified on August 31.Hide Caption 6 of 105Protesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31.Protesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31.Hide Caption 7 of 105Police officers move forward during clashes with protesters on August 31.Police officers move forward during clashes with protesters on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice officers move forward during clashes with protesters on August 31.Hide Caption 8 of 105Protesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Protesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Hide Caption 9 of 105A surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests.A surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests.Hide Caption 10 of 105Protesters march with a banner that uses the stars of the Chinese national flag reconfigured to depict a Nazi swastika.Protesters march with a banner that uses the stars of the Chinese national flag reconfigured to depict a Nazi swastika. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters march with a banner that uses the stars of the Chinese national flag reconfigured to depict a Nazi swastika.Hide Caption 11 of 105Protesters came prepared with gas masks as police fired tear gas near Hong Kong's government headquarters on August 31.Protesters came prepared with gas masks as police fired tear gas near Hong Kong's government headquarters on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters came prepared with gas masks as police fired tear gas near Hong Kong’s government headquarters on August 31.Hide Caption 12 of 105An overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31.An overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong protestsAn overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31.Hide Caption 13 of 105Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong.Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong.Hide Caption 14 of 105Protesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/25/asia/hong-kong-protest-aug-25-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">It was one of the most violent nights</a> seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June.Protesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/25/asia/hong-kong-protest-aug-25-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">It was one of the most violent nights</a> seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. It was one of the most violent nights seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June.Hide Caption 15 of 105Protesters gather in the lobby of Hong Kong's Revenue Department on August 25.Protesters gather in the lobby of Hong Kong's Revenue Department on August 25. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters gather in the lobby of Hong Kong’s Revenue Department on August 25.Hide Caption 16 of 105Some protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25.Some protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25. Photos: Hong Kong protestsSome protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25.Hide Caption 17 of 105Police fire tear gas at protesters on August 25.Police fire tear gas at protesters on August 25. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice fire tear gas at protesters on August 25.Hide Caption 18 of 105Protesters and police clash on Saturday, August 24.Protesters and police clash on Saturday, August 24. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters and police clash on Saturday, August 24.Hide Caption 19 of 105A protester throws back a tear-gas canister during clashes at Kowloon Bay on August 24.A protester throws back a tear-gas canister during clashes at Kowloon Bay on August 24. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester throws back a tear-gas canister during clashes at Kowloon Bay on August 24.Hide Caption 20 of 105Protesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.<br />Protesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.<br /> Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.Hide Caption 21 of 105Police retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24.Police retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24.Hide Caption 22 of 105People link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Friday, August 23. Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong in a show of solidarity.People link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Friday, August 23. Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong in a show of solidarity. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPeople link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Friday, August 23. Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong in a show of solidarity.Hide Caption 23 of 105Protesters shine light from their cell phones as they form a human chain on top of the iconic Lion Rock at Wong Tai Sin.Protesters shine light from their cell phones as they form a human chain on top of the iconic Lion Rock at Wong Tai Sin. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters shine light from their cell phones as they form a human chain on top of the iconic Lion Rock at Wong Tai Sin.Hide Caption 24 of 105The human chain was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the "Baltic Way," a historically significant peaceful demonstration against Soviet occupation. On August 23, 1989, an estimated 2 million people formed a 600-kilometer (372-mile) human chain across the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.The human chain was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the "Baltic Way," a historically significant peaceful demonstration against Soviet occupation. On August 23, 1989, an estimated 2 million people formed a 600-kilometer (372-mile) human chain across the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Photos: Hong Kong protestsThe human chain was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the “Baltic Way,” a historically significant peaceful demonstration against Soviet occupation. On August 23, 1989, an estimated 2 million people formed a 600-kilometer (372-mile) human chain across the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.Hide Caption 25 of 105Cell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23.Cell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23. Photos: Hong Kong protestsCell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23.Hide Caption 26 of 105Protesters take part in a march on Sunday, August 18.Protesters take part in a march on Sunday, August 18. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters take part in a march on Sunday, August 18.Hide Caption 27 of 105Protesters march under umbrellas on August 18.Protesters march under umbrellas on August 18. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters march under umbrellas on August 18.Hide Caption 28 of 105Tens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18.Tens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18. Photos: Hong Kong protestsTens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18.Hide Caption 29 of 105Protesters take part in a rally in Victoria Park on August 18.Protesters take part in a rally in Victoria Park on August 18. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters take part in a rally in Victoria Park on August 18.Hide Caption 30 of 105A protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.A protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.Hide Caption 31 of 105A protester ties a white ribbon, symbolizing the pure intentions of young protesters, during a march organized by teachers in Hong Kong on August 17.A protester ties a white ribbon, symbolizing the pure intentions of young protesters, during a march organized by teachers in Hong Kong on August 17. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester ties a white ribbon, symbolizing the pure intentions of young protesters, during a march organized by teachers in Hong Kong on August 17.Hide Caption 32 of 105Protesters react after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration at the Sham Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 14.Protesters react after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration at the Sham Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 14. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters react after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration at the Sham Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 14.Hide Caption 33 of 105Tear gas envelops demonstrators at Sham Shui Po.Tear gas envelops demonstrators at Sham Shui Po. Photos: Hong Kong protestsTear gas envelops demonstrators at Sham Shui Po.Hide Caption 34 of 105Protesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14.Protesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14.Hide Caption 35 of 105Two protesters hold up an apology sign at the Hong Kong International Airport, which resumed operations on August 14. For two days, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/asia/hong-kong-airport-chaos-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">protesters flooded the airport.</a> Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled.Two protesters hold up an apology sign at the Hong Kong International Airport, which resumed operations on August 14. For two days, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/asia/hong-kong-airport-chaos-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">protesters flooded the airport.</a> Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled. Photos: Hong Kong protestsTwo protesters hold up an apology sign at the Hong Kong International Airport, which resumed operations on August 14. For two days, protesters flooded the airport. Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled.Hide Caption 36 of 105A police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13.A police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13.Hide Caption 37 of 105A police officer draws his weapon during clashes at the airport on August 13.A police officer draws his weapon during clashes at the airport on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA police officer draws his weapon during clashes at the airport on August 13.Hide Caption 38 of 105Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at the airport on August 13.Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at the airport on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice use pepper spray to disperse protesters at the airport on August 13.Hide Caption 39 of 105Police and protesters clash at the airport on August 13. The violence came after Hong Kong's Airport Authority announced that all check-in services would be suspended for another night because of terminal operations being "seriously disrupted."Police and protesters clash at the airport on August 13. The violence came after Hong Kong's Airport Authority announced that all check-in services would be suspended for another night because of terminal operations being "seriously disrupted." Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice and protesters clash at the airport on August 13. The violence came after Hong Kong’s Airport Authority announced that all check-in services would be suspended for another night because of terminal operations being “seriously disrupted.”Hide Caption 40 of 105A traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate.A traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate.Hide Caption 41 of 105A display board shows canceled flights on August 13.A display board shows canceled flights on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA display board shows canceled flights on August 13.Hide Caption 42 of 105Anti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of luggage trolleys during a demonstration at the airport on August 13.Anti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of luggage trolleys during a demonstration at the airport on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsAnti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of luggage trolleys during a demonstration at the airport on August 13.Hide Caption 43 of 105A woman wearing Minnie Mouse headgear looks on as stranded travelers gather near closed check-in counters on August 13.A woman wearing Minnie Mouse headgear looks on as stranded travelers gather near closed check-in counters on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA woman wearing Minnie Mouse headgear looks on as stranded travelers gather near closed check-in counters on August 13.Hide Caption 44 of 105Protesters display banners during a sit-in rally at the airport's arrival hall on Monday, August 12.Protesters display banners during a sit-in rally at the airport's arrival hall on Monday, August 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters display banners during a sit-in rally at the airport’s arrival hall on Monday, August 12.Hide Caption 45 of 105People hold signs during <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/12/asia/hong-kong-police-airport-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">airport protests</a> on August 12. The signs reference the woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.People hold signs during <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/12/asia/hong-kong-police-airport-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">airport protests</a> on August 12. The signs reference the woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPeople hold signs during airport protests on August 12. The signs reference the woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.Hide Caption 46 of 105Medics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11.Medics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11. Photos: Hong Kong protestsMedics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11.Hide Caption 47 of 105A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11.A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11.Hide Caption 48 of 105A "Lennon wall" featuring a raincoat is plastered with sticky notes on Saturday, August 10. A "Lennon wall" featuring a raincoat is plastered with sticky notes on Saturday, August 10. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA “Lennon wall” featuring a raincoat is plastered with sticky notes on Saturday, August 10. Hide Caption 49 of 105Police fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5.Police fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5.Hide Caption 50 of 105A train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong's morning rush-hour commute.A train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong's morning rush-hour commute. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong’s morning rush-hour commute.Hide Caption 51 of 105A man lies down on an underground train during a protest on August 5.A man lies down on an underground train during a protest on August 5. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA man lies down on an underground train during a protest on August 5.Hide Caption 52 of 105A man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5.A man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5.Hide Caption 53 of 105A protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4.A protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4.Hide Caption 54 of 105A Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3.A Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3.Hide Caption 55 of 105A protester sprays paint on a wall on August 3.A protester sprays paint on a wall on August 3. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester sprays paint on a wall on August 3.Hide Caption 56 of 105Members of Hong Kong's medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2.Members of Hong Kong's medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2. Photos: Hong Kong protestsMembers of Hong Kong’s medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2.Hide Caption 57 of 105The emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28.The emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28. Photos: Hong Kong protestsThe emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28.Hide Caption 58 of 105A protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27.A protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27.Hide Caption 59 of 105A protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27.A protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27.Hide Caption 60 of 105Travelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong's international airport on Friday, July 26.Travelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong's international airport on Friday, July 26. Photos: Hong Kong protestsTravelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong’s international airport on Friday, July 26.Hide Caption 61 of 105People paste Post-it notes on a demonstrator in the Hong Kong airport.People paste Post-it notes on a demonstrator in the Hong Kong airport. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPeople paste Post-it notes on a demonstrator in the Hong Kong airport.Hide Caption 62 of 105Protesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21.Protesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21.Hide Caption 63 of 105Masked men in white T-shirts are seen after <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/asia/hong-kong-triad-arrests-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators</a> at a train station in Yuen Long.Masked men in white T-shirts are seen after <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/asia/hong-kong-triad-arrests-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators</a> at a train station in Yuen Long. Photos: Hong Kong protestsMasked men in white T-shirts are seen after attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators at a train station in Yuen Long.Hide Caption 64 of 105Police fire tear gas at protesters during a march on July 21.Police fire tear gas at protesters during a march on July 21. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice fire tear gas at protesters during a march on July 21.Hide Caption 65 of 105Medical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21.Medical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21. Photos: Hong Kong protestsMedical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21.Hide Caption 66 of 105An egg thrown by a protester hits the emblem on the China Liaison Office on July 21.An egg thrown by a protester hits the emblem on the China Liaison Office on July 21. Photos: Hong Kong protestsAn egg thrown by a protester hits the emblem on the China Liaison Office on July 21.Hide Caption 67 of 105The office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district.The office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district. Photos: Hong Kong protestsThe office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district.Hide Caption 68 of 105A protester covers a security camera outside the Chinese government's liaison office in Hong Kong.A protester covers a security camera outside the Chinese government's liaison office in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester covers a security camera outside the Chinese government’s liaison office in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 69 of 105Protesters gather for a demonstration on July 21.Protesters gather for a demonstration on July 21. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters gather for a demonstration on July 21.Hide Caption 70 of 105Police officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Police officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Hide Caption 71 of 105A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.Hide Caption 72 of 105The meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1.The meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsThe meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1.Hide Caption 73 of 105A protester uses a megaphone to speak to other protesters inside the Legislative Council building.A protester uses a megaphone to speak to other protesters inside the Legislative Council building. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester uses a megaphone to speak to other protesters inside the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 74 of 105Protesters stream into the Legislative Council building.Protesters stream into the Legislative Council building. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters stream into the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 75 of 105A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 76 of 105Protesters holding umbrellas face off with police officers wearing anti-riot gear on July 1.Protesters holding umbrellas face off with police officers wearing anti-riot gear on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters holding umbrellas face off with police officers wearing anti-riot gear on July 1.Hide Caption 77 of 105Police standing inside the Hong Kong government headquarters look through broken glass as protesters try to smash their way into the building on July 1.Police standing inside the Hong Kong government headquarters look through broken glass as protesters try to smash their way into the building on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice standing inside the Hong Kong government headquarters look through broken glass as protesters try to smash their way into the building on July 1.Hide Caption 78 of 105Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsColumns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.Hide Caption 79 of 105Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsHelicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.Hide Caption 80 of 105Pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1.Pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1.Hide Caption 81 of 105A protester holds up a placard as thousands flood the streets of Hong Kong on July 1.A protester holds up a placard as thousands flood the streets of Hong Kong on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester holds up a placard as thousands flood the streets of Hong Kong on July 1.Hide Caption 82 of 105A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.Hide Caption 83 of 105Protesters face police on July 1.Protesters face police on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters face police on July 1.Hide Caption 84 of 105Protesters remove their shirts after being pepper-sprayed by police.Protesters remove their shirts after being pepper-sprayed by police. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters remove their shirts after being pepper-sprayed by police.Hide Caption 85 of 105A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word "revolution" walks past an inscription on a road that reads "Long Live HK."A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word "revolution" walks past an inscription on a road that reads "Long Live HK." Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester wearing a T-shirt with the word “revolution” walks past an inscription on a road that reads “Long Live HK.”Hide Caption 86 of 105Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.Hide Caption 87 of 105An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16. Photos: Hong Kong protestsAn overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.Hide Caption 88 of 105A protester returns a tear-gas canister fired by police during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12.A protester returns a tear-gas canister fired by police during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester returns a tear-gas canister fired by police during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12.Hide Caption 89 of 105Rubber bullets, pepper spray and hand-thrown tear gas were used to push back protesters who had occupied the city's main thoroughfare and other roads near the government headquarters on June 12, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said.Rubber bullets, pepper spray and hand-thrown tear gas were used to push back protesters who had occupied the city's main thoroughfare and other roads near the government headquarters on June 12, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said. Photos: Hong Kong protestsRubber bullets, pepper spray and hand-thrown tear gas were used to push back protesters who had occupied the city’s main thoroughfare and other roads near the government headquarters on June 12, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said.Hide Caption 90 of 105Protesters run after police fired tear gas on June 12.Protesters run after police fired tear gas on June 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters run after police fired tear gas on June 12.Hide Caption 91 of 105A police officer reacts to an umbrella that was thrown near the Legislative Council building on June 12.A police officer reacts to an umbrella that was thrown near the Legislative Council building on June 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA police officer reacts to an umbrella that was thrown near the Legislative Council building on June 12.Hide Caption 92 of 105Police officers use a water cannon on a protester near the government headquarters.Police officers use a water cannon on a protester near the government headquarters. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice officers use a water cannon on a protester near the government headquarters.Hide Caption 93 of 105A protester reacts as she is grabbed by police on June 12.A protester reacts as she is grabbed by police on June 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester reacts as she is grabbed by police on June 12.Hide Caption 94 of 105Protesters face off with police during the rally on June 12.Protesters face off with police during the rally on June 12. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters face off with police during the rally on June 12.Hide Caption 95 of 105A protester rests during the demonstration on June 12. Protesters began arriving the night before.A protester rests during the demonstration on June 12. Protesters began arriving the night before. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA protester rests during the demonstration on June 12. Protesters began arriving the night before.Hide Caption 96 of 105By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill. Photos: Hong Kong protestsBy the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.Hide Caption 97 of 105Protesters block major roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters. Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and school to show their opposition to the extradition bill.Protesters block major roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters. Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and school to show their opposition to the extradition bill. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters block major roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters. Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and school to show their opposition to the extradition bill.Hide Caption 98 of 105A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.Hide Caption 99 of 105Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before. Photos: Hong Kong protestsPolice officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.Hide Caption 100 of 105A police camera films the rally on Sunday, June 9.A police camera films the rally on Sunday, June 9. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA police camera films the rally on Sunday, June 9.Hide Caption 101 of 105Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on June 9.Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on June 9. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on June 9.Hide Caption 102 of 105Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white -- the designated color of the rally. "Hong Kong, never give up!" some chanted.Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white -- the designated color of the rally. "Hong Kong, never give up!" some chanted. Photos: Hong Kong protestsProtesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white — the designated color of the rally. “Hong Kong, never give up!” some chanted.Hide Caption 103 of 105A crowd fills a Hong Kong street on June 9.A crowd fills a Hong Kong street on June 9. Photos: Hong Kong protestsA crowd fills a Hong Kong street on June 9.Hide Caption 104 of 105Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8.Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8. 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Most Chinese state media downplayed Lam’s decision Wednesday, while the nationalist tabloid Global Times — which has claimed without evidence the protests are foreign-led — said the extradition bill “has been used by radicals as an excuse to start violent protests.” “Though the move is meant to show the (Hong Kong) government’s sincerity in addressing the political crisis, it should not be seen as a concession by Lam that could lead to a slippery slope, and radical forces should not have any illusion of winning ground on matters related to the ‘one country, two systems’ principle that governs Hong Kong and China’s sovereignty,” the paper said. Throughout the protests, both the Hong Kong and Beijing governments have appeared to prefer sticks to carrots, putting huge pressure on the city’s police to control the unrest, with increasing use of force as protesters adopted more violent tactics. Now that Lam has given a minor concession, one that few expect to be enough, attention will be on whether she looks to a larger stick.

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