What began as a peaceful march against the extradition bill has evolved into a rallying cry for greater democracy in Hong Kong.
Demonstrations now focus on five demands, including greater democratic freedoms and an independent inquiry into allegations of police brutality.
Even after the formal withdrawal of the extradition bill, tensions between demonstrators, Hong Kong police and Beijing remain high following weeks of violence, union strikes and airport shutdowns.
Demonstrators view the withdrawal announcement as coming too late and not being enough, considering more than a thousand protesters have been arrested and there have been many severe injuries.
Despite protesters' efforts to seek global attention and international support, Beijing argues Hong Kong is part of "China's internal affairs."
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Monday criticized Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong for calling on the U.S. to back the protesters.
Saying that Chinese people begging for foreign intervention was "ugly," she noted those born in Hong Kong and with Chinese nationality are Chinese citizens regardless of whether or not they hold British passports.
Last week, Wong urged the Trump administration to include a "human rights clause" in any trade agreement with China and to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.
After months of political turbulence, Asia's financial hub is also shaking with tourist numbers down and local banks' foreign exchange reserves shrinking.
KIM Da-mi, Arirang News.