Hong Kong protesters regroup at main protest site

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong appear to be
withdrawing from some protest sites and regrouping at the
main site outside government buildings.
But student protesters denied blocking entrances to
government HQ and insisted civil servants could return to
work.
They said they would agree to the government’s offer of
talks if attacks on them were investigated and protest sites
were not forcefully cleared. Hong Kong’s leader says public
offices and schools will open on Monday.
The protesters are angry at China’s plans to vet election
candidates in 2017.
They are demanding that the central government in Beijing
allow Hong Kong to hold fully free elections in the next vote
for the territory’s leader.
But the BBC’s John Sudworth in Hong Kong says the feeling
on the streets of the city is that the endgame is about to
begin.
The number of protesters has dwindled and many do not
relish a brave last stand in the face of an expected forceful
eviction by police, he adds.
Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung had called on the
protesters to end the demonstrations, warning that police
had a responsibility to take all actions necessary to resume
social order.
The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) said it had
always maintained access to the government headquarters,
adding that there was no reason for employees not to return
to work on Monday.

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