Hong Kong Chief Secretary Says ‘Foundation for Talks’ Shaken
By JASON CHOW And CHESTER YUNG
HONG KONG—This city’s government scrapped negotiations with students a day before they were scheduled to take place, a sign the administration is taking a harder line with the protesters, whose numbers have dwindled in the nearly two-week standoff.
The government’s unilateral decision Thursday appeared to double-down on its strategy of letting the protesters continue their sit-ins until they wore out or public opinion turned against them. The move puts pressure on the students to justify their occupation, which has choked traffic and dealt a blow to local businesses.
Student leader Alex Chow, center with microphone, defended the group’s demands and said they would join forces with democratic lawmakers. European Pressphoto Agency