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Oct 5, 2014

Hong Kong protesters pull back from some areas, fear crackdown in city centre

HONG KONG, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Some Hong Kong pro-democracy
protesters, many in tears, began leaving the Mong Kok area of
the city late on Sunday, pulling back from the scene of recent
clashes with those who back the pro-Beijing government.

Fearing a police crackdown may come within hours, other
protesters who have paralysed parts of the Asian financial hub
with mass sit-ins also pulled back from outside Hong Kong Chief
Executive Leung Chun-ying’s office, with police removing
barricades nearby.

Oct 5, 2014

Protesters to lift Hong Kong government blockade, vow to stay in Central

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Fearing a police crackdown, Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters bowed to government pressure and said they would lift a blockade of key government buildings, but student leaders braced for a showdown in the heart of the Asian financial center.

Tens of thousands of protesters have staged sit-ins across Hong Kong over the past week, demanding the city’s pro-Beijing leader Leung Chun-ying step down and for the right to vote for a leader of their choice in 2017.

Oct 4, 2014

Tensions surge in Hong Kong protests amid scuffles, signs of backlash

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Fresh scuffles broke out on Saturday between Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters and opponents of the week-long demonstrations, reigniting concerns that the Chinese-controlled city’s worst unrest in decades could take a violent turn.

The protests have been largely peaceful since they began a week ago, when tens of thousands flooded the streets demanding Beijing grant Hong Kong the unfettered right to choose its own leader. But the mood turned ugly on Friday night at the most volatile protest site, in the teeming suburb of Mong Kok where some criminal gangs are suspected by police to be based.

Oct 3, 2014

Hong Kong protesters face backlash, threaten to abandon talks

HONG KONG, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Pro-democracy protesters faced
off against supporters of Chinese rule in Hong Kong’s teeming
Mong Kok district early on Saturday, in a tense confrontation
that has undermined hopes for talks aimed at ending a week of
turmoil.

Scuffles broke out late on Friday between people demanding
full democracy in the former British colony, including a free
voting system when they come to choose a new leader in 2017, and
residents who want the demonstrations to end.

Oct 3, 2014

Hong Kong clashes break out, protesters threaten to boycott talks

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Violent scuffles broke out in one of Hong Kong’s most famous and congested shopping districts on Friday, as hundreds of supporters of Chinese rule stormed tents and ripped down banners belonging to pro-democracy protesters, forcing many to retreat.

As news of the confrontation spread, more protesters headed for the gritty, bustling district of Mong Kok, considered one of the most crowded places on Earth, to reinforce.

Oct 2, 2014

Hong Kong leader refuses to resign, offers talks with protesters

HONG KONG, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Leung
Chun-ying defied pro-democracy protesters’ demands to step down
by Friday, and repeated police warnings that the consequences
would be serious if they sought to surround or occupy government
buildings.

Leung, speaking to reporters just minutes before an
ultimatum for him to resign expired, also said that Chief
Secretary Carrie Lam would hold a meeting with students soon to
discuss political reforms. He gave no time frame.

Oct 2, 2014

Prolonged Hong Kong protest could harm financial image, says envoy

HONG KONG, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A top Chinese envoy warned that
drawn-out pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong could tarnish the
city’s reputation as one of the world’s leading financial hubs,
as defiant protesters vowed on Thursday they would not budge.

Both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged
stand-off, although the number of protesters blocking the
streets in the financial and administrative districts for the
past six days tapered off on Thursday.

Oct 1, 2014

Hong Kong leader plays waiting game, protesters demand he resigns

HONG KONG, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s leader is willing
to let pro-democracy demonstrations blocking large areas of the
city go on for weeks if necessary, a source close to him said,
while defiant protesters vowed they would not budge.

The city’s streets were calm early on Thursday while police
largely kept their distance from the tens of thousands of mostly
young people keeping up protests in the heart of the Asian
financial hub that are now nearly a week old.

Oct 1, 2014

Hong Kong protests approach potential National Day flashpoint

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations.

There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of a determined mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and to express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters’ choices in a 2017 leadership election.

Sep 30, 2014

Lightning, rain fail to deter resolute Hong Kong protesters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the rain-soaked streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations.

On the sixth day of a determined mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters’ choices in a 2017 leadership election, there was little sign of momentum flagging.