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Oct 7, 2014

Hong Kong protests at crossroads, talks to start on Friday

HONG KONG, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Pro-democracy protesters in
Hong Kong agreed with the city’s government late on Tuesday to
start formal talks later this week to address concerns that have
brought tens of thousands of people onto the city’s streets.

The student-led demonstrations have calmed since clashes
with police over a week ago, and the number of protesters has
fallen since violent scuffles broke out at the weekend between
demonstrators and pro-Beijing opponents.

Oct 7, 2014

Hong Kong protests at crossroads as traffic, frustration pile up

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators risked a backlash from commuters and retailers on Tuesday as lingering protests caused traffic chaos and sales slump in the global financial hub, with preliminary talks with the government suggesting no quick solution.

Hundreds of protesters remained camped out on the main road leading into Hong Kong’s main government and business districts, the last holdouts after more than a week of rallies that attracted tens of thousands on to the streets at their peak.

Oct 6, 2014

Hong Kong democracy protests fade, face test of stamina

HONG KONG, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Pro-democracy protests in
Chinese-controlled Hong Kong subsided on Monday as students and
civil servants returned to school and work after more than a
week of demonstrations, but activists vowed to keep up their
campaign of civil disobedience.

Protesters lifted a blockade of government offices in the
heart of the city, which had been the focal point of their
action which initially drew tens of thousands onto the streets.
The civil servants were allowed to pass through protesters’
barricades unimpeded.

Oct 6, 2014

Hong Kong protests face test of stamina as city returns to work

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong started to return to work on Monday after more than a week of pro-democracy protests disrupted the Chinese-controlled city, with the protest movement facing a test of its stamina after more clashes with police and pro-Beijing opponents.

Civil servants began arriving for work at the main government offices of Hong Kong’s leader, Leung Chun-ying, which have been the focal point of protests that initially drew tens of thousands onto the streets. The bureaucrats were allowed to pass through protesters’ barricades unimpeded.

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

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

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.