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Wednesday 3 Dec 2014
The leaders of the Occupy movement in Hong Kong have surrendered to police after more than two months of rallies and violence.
The original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement have surrendered to police in a symbolic move as they seek to take the protests off the streets after more than two months of rallies punctuated by violence.Dozens of supporters...
Tuesday 2 Dec 2014

HK protest founders urge retreat

The three founders of the Hong Kong protests say they will "surrender" to police and have urged students to retreat from "this dangerous place".
The three original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement have tearfully announced they would "surrender" by turning themselves in to police and urged protesters still on the streets to retreat.The announcement came on Tuesday after...

One of three protest leaders, Chu Yiu-ming weeps during a news conference in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The three original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement have tearfully announced they would "surrender" by turning themselves in to police and urged protesters still on the streets to retreat.

The announcement came on Tuesday after hundreds of pro-democracy protesters clashed with police late on Sunday, leaving dozens injured in one of the worst nights of violence since rallies began over two months ago.

"As we prepare to surrender, we three urge the students to retreat - to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement," said Occupy Central leader Benny Tai.

Tai said the trio would surrender to police on Wednesday in a commitment to the rule of law and "the principle of peace and love".

"Surrendering is not an act of cowardice, it is the courage to act on a promise. To surrender is not to fail, it is a silent denunciation of a heartless government," Tai said.

He praised the bravery of frontline occupiers and criticised the police as "out of control", saying it was time for protesters to leave "this dangerous place".

Academics Tai and Chan Kin-man, and Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming founded the Occupy Central civil disobedience group in early 2013 to push for political reforms, but have increasingly taken a backseat as more radical student groups came to the fore.

It was not immediately clear how they would respond to Tai's appeal.

Teenage poster-child of the movement Joshua Wong and two other student leaders went on hunger strike late on Monday in a last-ditch attempt to force the government's hand.

"Our young people have used their bodies to withstand the blows of police batons, their blood and broken bones have brought us the deepest sorrow," Tai said.

"We respect the students' and citizens' determination to fight for democracy, and we are furious at the government's heartless indifference."

While there is no specific warrant out for the founders' arrest, Hong Kong and Chinese authorities have consistently slammed the protests as illegal.

Student-led demonstrators are demanding free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Their main protest camp blocks a long stretch of a multi-lane highway in Admiralty district in central Hong Kong.

 

Hong Kong's chief executive has warned pro-democracy demonstrators that the police are capable of stepping up their response to try to clear the streets.

CY Leung says the protesters shouldn't mistake police tolerance as weakness.

He issued that warning after some of the most violent clashes in more than two months of protests.

In the latest violence, police have used their batons and pepper spray on the protesters.

Student social worker Poon Laam Ting said she felt frightened but determined.

"They have used lots of weapons that make us painful and fear, but actually we do fear, but it deserves, democracy deserves it, yes we think that. So we insist to stay here."

Determination to stay on the streets has sustained the protest movement although numbers now are nothing like their peak when more than 100, 000 people took part in rallies.

The demonstrators want free elections for the city's new leader in 2017 rather than a vote restricted to candidates pre-screened by the authorities in Beijing.

Some have criticised the police for using what they regard as excessive force but Hong Kong's chief executive, CY Leung said the police have been displaying a tolerant approach.

Hong Kong's Security Secretary Lai Tung-Kwok struck a similar tone emphasising a change in the government's attitude to the pro-democracy supporters.

"It has far far away gone beyond what they have declared. The police after repeated warnings have to take resolute actions, they have no choice. Because, it is their duty to restore law and order," he warned.

Public support for the protest movement has dropped away and even those backing the pro-democracy campaign are questioning some of the tactics such as a hunger strike by student leaders.

Monday 1 Dec 2014
Police have used pepper spray and batons against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong as tensions rise in the ongoing demonstrations.
Police have unleashed pepper spray and baton charges at students who have tried to storm Hong Kong's government headquarters, as tensions soared in the third month of pro-democracy protests.With morning rush hour underway on Monday, fresh scuffles...
Wednesday 22 Oct 2014

Hong Kong student leaders and one of the co-conveners of Occupy Central speak at a press briefing after a meeting with Hong Kong government officials (EPA/ALEX HOFFORD)

Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protest leaders have held talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed the city's streets.

Protests have been held in parts of the Chinese special administrative region for over three weeks in support of demands for electoral reform.

Embattled chief executive Leung Chun-ying has reiterated his position that free elections are impossible in Hong Kong.

During the talks, the students repeated calls for the Hong Kong leadership election in 2017 to be more democratic.

"Today's dialogue will hopefully be the first of several rounds of dialogue," The government's chief negotiator Lam told a press conference after a two-hour meeting with student leaders who have spearheaded more than three weeks of rallies that have caused disruption in the city.

But Lam, who called the talks "constructive", said the government's firm position is to follow China's insistence that candidates for the city's next leadership election must be vetted by a pro-Beijing committee.
   
"If the students cannot accept this position, I am afraid we will continue to have different views," she said.

Ms Lam, urged them to look beyond the next vote.

"We have made a plea that we should not just look at the election in 2017, and that's why I have suggested that we will consider, together with various stakeholders, the idea of a platform to consider the long-term constitutional development for Hong Kong," Ms Lam said.

"So there is, indeed, some sort of positive response from the government in this dialogue."

Tuesday 21 Oct 2014

Hong Kong's government will hold talks with student leaders tonight as the sides try to broker an end to demonstrations that have blocked the city's streets for more than three weeks.

Monday 20 Oct 2014

Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders have angrily denied claims by the city's chief executive that more than three weeks of mass rallies in the Asian financial hub are being orchestrated by "external forces".

In a television interview broadcast, embattled city leader Leung Chun-ying blamed foreign forces for the ongoing protests but refused to identify them.

The claims sparked ridicule from democracy leaders, who insist their movement is fuelled by local demands for greater democratic freedoms and growing discontent at increased inequality.

In a sarcastic post on his Facebook page on Monday, teenage student leader Joshua Wong said: "My links with foreign countries are limited to my Korean mobile phone, my American computer and my Japanese Gundam (an animated series featuring robots). And of course, all of these are 'Made in China'."

Parts of Hong Kong have been paralysed by mass rallies and road blockades demanding free elections in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, in one of the biggest challenges to Beijing's authority since the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests of 1989.

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