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Hong Kong Formal Talks OK'd as Protests Appear to Wind Down

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 08:40 AM

Hong Kong's government agreed to formal talks on elections changes on Sunday night as protests that shut down roads and offices began winding down.

According to Businessweek, both sides said they hope to begin the formal talks before October 12.

"Before we’ve arrived at outcomes from meetings, the government is requested not to use any violence to clear the three protest areas," said Lester Shum, the vice secretary of the Hong Kong Federation of Students.

Government representative Lau Kong-wah said the informal discussions have thus far been "very, very good."

The BBC reported Tuesday that the protest crowds have shrunk from tens of thousands two weeks ago to a few hundred this week.

"I’m disappointed that the turnout is low, but this is Hong Kong – people have to make a living and earn money," said William Tsang, 32, one of the demonstrators. "I am not satisfied with the government even though they are now moving toward formal talks with us."

The issue at the fore seems to be about having more genuine choices in elections. Many say that Beijing is unlikely to let the former British colony elect a leader of any real power, but the outcome of the upcoming public talks remains uncertain.

Alex Chow, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, said he's "not very optimistic" about the talks bringing about a satisfactory resolution.

The protests originally ignited in response to China's decision that 2017 candidates for chief executive be vetted by a committee – ensuring their obedience to the Chinese government.

Hong Kong's currency and benchmark stock index rose following the news of the upcoming public negotiations.

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