HONG KONG (AP) — Students occupying the area outside Hong Kong’s government headquarters have agreed to remove some barricades that have blocked the building’s entrance during the weeklong pro-democracy protests.
Television footage from the scene showed a protest representative shaking hands with a police officer.
It was not immediately clear whether all the students had decided to withdraw from the scene. The move appeared to be part of a strategy to regroup in another part of town.
Tens of thousands of people have been protesting China’s restrictions on the first-ever direct election for the city’s top leader, promised for 2017.
Hong Kong’s current leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, appeared on television Saturday evening to once again urge everyone to go home, saying key roads paralyzed by protesters needed to return to normal by Monday.