Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she will not scrap a controversial plan to allow extradition to mainland China, despite mass protests.
On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people rallied against the bill which critics fear allows China to target political opponents in the region.
Speaking to reporters, she insisted the law was necessary and said human rights safeguards were in place.
Chinese state media said “foreign forces” were behind the protests.
Organisers estimate that one million people took part in Sunday’s march, although police put the figure at 240,000 at its peak.