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Oct 21, 2014

Hong Kong leader indicates possible concession as student-govt talks start

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The panel chosen to pick candidates for Hong Kong’s 2017 election could be made “more democratic”, the territory’s leader said on Tuesday, the first indication of a possible concession to pro-democracy protesters who have blocked city streets for weeks.

Leung Chun-ying was talking just hours before formal talks got under way between student protest leaders and city officials aimed at defusing the crisis in the former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Oct 21, 2014

Hong Kong leader indicates possible concession ahead of talks

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The panel chosen to pick candidates for Hong Kong’s 2017 election could be made “more democratic”, the territory’s leader said on Tuesday, the first indication of a possible concession to pro-democracy protesters who have blocked city streets for weeks.

Leung Chun-ying was talking just hours before the start of formal talks between student protest leaders and city officials aimed at defusing the crisis in the former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Oct 19, 2014

Hong Kong crisis deepens after weekend clashes, talks set for Tuesday

HONG KONG, Oct 20 (Reuters) – A deepening sense of impasse
gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth
week, with the government having limited options to end the
crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront
police.

Dozens of people were reportedly injured in two nights of
clashes that began late on Friday in the densely populated Mong
Kok district of the Chinese-controlled city, including 22
police. Four people were arrested early on Sunday, police said.

Oct 19, 2014

Hong Kong street clashes erupt despite imminent talks

HONG KONG, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Violent clashes erupted in
Hong Kong early on Sunday for a second night, deepening a sense
of impasse between a government with limited options and a
pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police.

The worst political crisis in Hong Kong since Britain handed
the free-wheeling capitalist city back to China in 1997 entered
its fourth week with no sign of a resolution despite talks
scheduled for two hours on Tuesday between the government and
student protest leaders.

Oct 19, 2014

Hong Kong democracy street battles rage on

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week.

Hong Kong’s 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement that has shown little sign of waning after three weeks of standoffs in which hundreds of thousands of people have occupied city streets to demand full democracy in the former British colony.

Oct 18, 2014

Hong Kong democracy street battles rage on despite imminent talks

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week.

Hong Kong’s 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement that has shown little sign of waning after three weeks of standoffs in which hundreds of thousands of people have occupied city streets to demand full democracy in the former British colony.

Oct 17, 2014

Hong Kong police clear protesters, barricades in surprise raid in Mong Kok

HONG KONG, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong police
staged a dawn raid on Friday on one of the key sites occupied by
pro-democracy protesters, removing barricades from roads and
clearing out most of the demonstrators in an another setback for
their movement.

The operation in the gritty working class area of Mong Kok,
across the harbour from the main demonstration zone near the
office of Hong Kong’s leader, came while many protesters were
asleep in their tents.

Oct 16, 2014

Hong Kong leader hopes for talks, protesters stay on streets

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying sought to defuse tensions with pro-democracy demonstrators on Thursday, saying he hoped the two sides could talk next week, but anger over police violence and ongoing protests suggested students were not about to give up.

Leung was speaking after nearly three weeks of protests that have paralysed parts of the city and grabbed global headlines amid scenes of violent clashes and tear gas rising between some of the world’s most valuable office buildings.

Oct 16, 2014

Hong Kong leader hopes for fresh talks after night of clashes

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with pro-democracy protesters on Thursday, saying he hopes the two sides can talk next week, but anger over police violence and continued street scuffles suggest the students are not about to give up.

Leung was speaking after more than two weeks of protests that have paralyzed parts of the city and grabbed global headlines amid scenes of violent clashes and tear gas rising between some of the world’s most valuable office buildings.

Oct 15, 2014

Hong Kong police use pepper spray on protesters, arrest 45

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police arrested 45 pro-democracy protesters in the early hours of Wednesday, using pepper spray on those who resisted, as they cleared a major road in the Asian financial center that had been barricaded with concrete slabs.

The police operation was the toughest against largely student protesters in more than a week, and came after demonstrators swarmed into a tunnel on a key four-lane thoroughfare late on Tuesday, halting traffic and chanting for universal suffrage in the Chinese-controlled city.