HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials and student leaders will hold talks to try to end pro-democracy protests gripping the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given vast differences between the two sides.
Hong Kong’s chief executive says “external forces” are involved in pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks.
With hundreds of police having cleared out the protesters in Hong Kong’s Mongkok district, it remains to be seen whether the back of the Occupy movement that has hobbled the city for week has been broken.
New scuffles have broken out between Hong Kong riot police and pro-democracy activists in a district where police cleared protesters earlier in the day.
On October 16, Hong Kong authorities announced that they are willing to have a discussion with the protesters. C. Y. Leung, the city’s Chief Executive and the foremost target of protesters’ anger, told journalists that the government would begin talks as soon as they could, “hopefully within the following week.”
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