Hong Kong's leader has again ruled out further concessions to protesters who marched peacefully in their hundreds of thousands this past weekend.
The six-month protest movement has five demands, including that Hong Kong's leader and lawmakers all be directly elected and that police actions against protesters be independently investigated.
The only demand that has been met was the withdrawal of the proposed extradition legislation that triggered the movement in June.
But city leader Carrie Lam made clear she will not budge on the others.
"As for other demands, we really have to stick by certain important principles," she said.
"If a particular demand requires us to deviate from the law, not to uphold the rule of law in Hong Kong, or to do things actually beyond the powers of the chief executive, I could not agree to accept those demands."
One of the protest movement's demands is amnesty for the more than 6000 people arrested.
Lam said that was not legally possible.
With pressure mounting on her government, the Apple Daily on Tuesday reported that Beijing was considering a Hong Kong cabinet reshuffle by the end of the year to try to address the unrest.
Lam said she would depart on Saturday for a regular visit to Beijing, where she would brief mainland officials on Hong Kong's biggest political crisis in decades.
"My first priority now is really to restore law and order in Hong Kong and to ensure that Hong Kong could continue to move ahead, both economically and socially," Lam said during her weekly media address.
A cabinet reshuffle was not an "immediate task", she said, coming the closest since the unrest broke out in June to conceding that changes in her leadership team were on the cards.
The protest march on Sunday on Hong Kong Island was one of the biggest since the mass demonstrations started against the now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts in mainland China.
Organisers estimated 800,000 people joined the rally. Protesters chanted "Five demands, not one less!" and held up five fingers.
Lam said the march "reflects the freedoms that Hong Kong people are enjoying" and showed "all those accusations from various quarters that we are eroding people's freedoms are unsubstantiated".
Activists plan another rally on Tuesday evening near the heart of the financial centre to mark International Human rights Day.
Police said late on Monday bomb disposal officers had defused two home-made devices on the grounds of a school in the district of Wan Chai that were complete and ready to be used.
It was not immediately clear if the devices were linked to the protests.
More than 6000 people have been arrested since the demonstrations escalated in June - nearly 40 per cent students - while police have fired about 16,000 rounds of tear gas and about 10,000 rubber bullets.
Australian Associated Press