Hong Kong protests: Formal talks agreed as protests shrink

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No date has been set but the students made it clear the talks would be called off if the remaining demonstrators were cleared from the streets by force.

SHAFAQNA – Representatives from Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement have agreed to hold formal talks with the government.

As the protests entered their second week, crowds began to die down as civil servants returned to work on Monday.

Pro-democracy activists are protesting at China’s plans to vet candidates when Hong Kong holds elections in 2017.

They are demanding that the central government in Beijing allow a fully free vote for the territory’s leader.

The BBC’s John Sudworth in Hong Kong says that although the number of protesters has fallen since the weekend, a hard-core group still remain and had bedded down on the barricades on Monday night.

he first round of preparatory talks with student representatives and some government officials ended on Sunday night, and on Monday it was agreed that both sides would begin a formal dialogue.

The BBC’s Juliana Liu in Hong Kong says protesters appear to have decided to beat a strategic, possibly temporary, retreat – partly out of sheer exhaustion.

She says activists have been encouraged by the news of the informal meetings to lay the groundwork for talks on political reform.

The protesters are angry at China’s plans to vet candidates when Hong Kong holds elections in 2017.

 

 

Source:BBC News

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