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'Occupy Central' activists to hold talks with HK officials

Hong Kong, Oct. 7 (CNA) Representatives of the "Occupy Central" movement and the Hong Kong government have tentatively agreed to hold talks Friday, suggesting a possible end to pro-democracy protests that have lasted for more than a week.
Lau Kong-wah, the government's undersecretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, confirmed late Tuesday after a third meeting with student leaders that Hong Kong authorities will hold talks in public with representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Students at 4 p.m. on Friday. The talks could signal an end of the occupation movement in which protesters have demanded fully free elections for Hong Kong's chief executive in 2017, including the right to nominate candidates of their choice rather than having to choose from candidates vetted by Beijing. The number of demonstrators on Hong Kong's streets dwindled significantly on Monday as fatigue set in and the government threatened a crackdown, but some student leaders remained insistent that they would not move unless their demands were met. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying threatened over the weekend to "take all necessary actions" to clear the streets of demonstrators in Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, but police have held back as the number of protesters has thinned.
(By Stanley Cheung and Flor Wang)

Updated : 2021-04-20 15:23 GMT+08:00