Hong Kong ‘leaderless’ protests have brought millions of people onto the streets and forced the city’s pro-Beijing leadership into a rare climbdown.

The controversial China extradition bill that sparked the worst political violence has been suspended for now by the Hong Kong government.

But the protesters are adamant that the bill must be fully withdrawn and demanded pro-Beijing Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s resignation.

Joshua Wong, an activist said that “more demonstrations and resistance will happen soon if Carrie Lam does not know what respect means”.

Wong became the face of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy “Umbrella movement”.

However, Carrie Lam apologised on Tuesday for the political unrest that had shaken Hong Kong.

No fresh protests have been announced so far, but small groups of die-hard activists remain in the streets around the city’s legislature.

Thousands of protesters paralysed central Hong Kong by blocking major roads in a defiant show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China early this month.

The Chinese government had supported the extradition proposal and accused the protest organisers of colluding with Western governments.