Hong Kong Cancels Talks With Students

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

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