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HK chief executive refuses to resign, but will tolerate protests

HK chief executive refuses to resign, but will tolerate protests

Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said late Thursday that he will not step down as requested by the pro-democracy protesters.
Instead, he said, he will prepare for the 2017 election of the chief executive.
Leung however, said that police will face the gatherings by Hong Kongers with the "biggest tolerance", and he will send Chief Secretary Carrie Lam of his government to meet with the student leaders who organized the "Occupy Central" movement since late September in a bid to find a solution.
Around 2,000 protesters surrounded Leung's office Thursday night in an attempt to force him to step down as head of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government over Beijing's decree that restricts the candidates for the election of Leung's successor in 2017.
It remains to be seen how the deadlock that involves Beijing, the Hogg Kong government and the protesters could be solved since no side has shown any signs of concessions. (By Stanley Cheung & Bear Lee)