Hong Kong protest leaders vow to stay on streets


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Even as numbers at demonstration sites around the city have dwindled to a few hundred, Hong Kong pro-democracy protest leaders pledged to stay on the streets, in a bid to keep pressure on the government ahead of already fraught talks on political reform. Formal talks are set for Friday, October 10, between students and Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, the deputy to Hong Kong’s embattled leader Leung Chun-ying. Pro-democracy leaders had agreed to a dialogue earlier with Lam but called it off last Friday after what they described as “organized attacks” on protesters at the Mong Kok demonstration site. Protest leaders acknowledged “many difficulties ahead” as far as the negotiations are concerned, with disagreements over arrangements, including the venue and whether there should be a mediator.

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