Frustration Grows as Neither Side Appears to Be Pushing to End Standoff
From truck drivers to newsstand owners to travelers staying in posh hotels, people in Hong Kong are struggling with the inconveniences caused by student protesters blocking roads across the city.
The Hong Kong government is banking on this discontent to turn public opinion against protesters and help get them off the streets. Students are fighting back, spending their money to support shops near the protest sites and distributing leaflets saying, “Why we are disturbing you.” Continue reading
Thousands of people are demonstrating in Hong Kong’s financial district after protest leaders called for a show of strength.
It comes after the territory’s deputy leader called off talks with student leaders scheduled for Friday.
Carrie Lam said the students’ refusal to end their protest had made “constructive dialogue” impossible. Continue reading
Mr Li made his comments during his trip to Germany, where he and Chancellor Angela Merkel signed trade agreements.
Thousands of protesters, demanding fully democratic elections, have paralysed parts of Hong Kong. Continue reading
HONG KONG — The standoff between Hong Kong’s government and pro-democracy protesters intensified Thursday as the democrats demanded that the city’s top official be impeached over a multimillion-dollar payment from an Australian company and the government pulled out of talks with the protesters.
The talks, which were to have begun Friday, were the only active avenue for resolving a dispute that has led to sit-in demonstrations that have closed roads and disrupted life for nearly two weeks in Asia’s most important financial center.
The cancellation of the talks came after an afternoon news conference by the protest groups and their political allies in which they pledged to continue the protests and start a new phase of civil disobedience to maintain pressure on the government.
Hong Kong’s government has called off a meeting on Friday with student leaders of the pro-democracy movement.
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said it would be “impossible to have a constructive dialogue” after protest leaders called for an increase in efforts to occupy main protest areas.
The protesters want a fully free vote in elections due to be held in 2017 for the post of chief executive.
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. Continue reading
Hong Kong’s government and student leaders at the forefront of ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations have agreed to sit down for landmark negotiations on Friday, but the two sides appear to be sharply divided.
Two weeks into the mass sit-in, the crowds have dwindled to just hundreds in Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok, prompting questions over whether student activists have lost bargaining power. Continue reading
Students and Government Officials Remain Far Apart Two Days Before Formal Talks
HONG KONG—Students and government officials in Hong Kong sniped at one another on Wednesday, a day after agreeing to formal talks, as strains showed among protest groups that have paralyzed parts of the city for 11 days.
With formal negotiations set to begin on Friday, the two sides are far apart, with students demanding changes that the government has said are impossible to agree to. Even if there was a deal to end the protests, some of the protesters say they would reject it, showing the difficulty faced by both sides in reaching an agreement.