Hong Kong protesters suggest talks with Beijing
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Hong Kong protesters suggest talks with Beijing

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong students leading a month of street protests for democracy are suggesting direct negotiations with senior Chinese Communist Party officials as a way to end a standoff with the local government.

The protest leaders said Tuesday that they want the Hong Kong government to convey their demands for greater democracy to Beijing. If that’s not possible, then they want to arrange a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and other officials so they can get their views across.

They laid out their demands in an open letter to Hong Kong’s No. 2 official after the students and the government held talks last week that were mostly fruitless.

Protesters have been occupying main streets in three neighborhoods across Hong Kong since Sep. 28.