Hong Kong students and government agree to formal talks — Many protesters acknowledge that exhaustion is setting in

Peace and Freedom

Hong Kong’s government and the pro-democracy movement agree to negotiate as exhaustion sets in

Ordinary protesters acknowledge that exhaustion is setting in and there are limits to the tolerance of Hong Kong’s people for the disruption caused by the rallies
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Ordinary protesters acknowledge that exhaustion is setting in and there are limits to the tolerance of Hong Kong’s people for the disruption caused by the rallies Photo: REUTERS

Hong Kong’s government and the pro-democracy movement agreed to negotiate on Tuesday as both sides pulled back from confrontation.

Hundreds of activists have spent an eighth night sleeping on canvas sheets laid on Connaught and Queensway roads, the two main arteries serving Hong Kong Island. But their numbers have dwindled and the turnout for nightly protest rallies has fallen sharply.

Lau Kong-wah, the Under-Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, met protest leaders to agree formal talks with the government.

The fact that the authorities are prepared to negotiate represents a significant climb-down. They had earlier…

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