Hong Kong: The Hong Kong government hopes to have formal talks with the representatives of students participating in the Occupy movement next week, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced Thursday.
Leung suggested that the formal talks could be presided over by presidents of universities in Hong Kong, Xinhua reported.
The demonstrations are in their third week, with protestors occupying key parts of the city to try to pressure the authorities to implement political reforms.
Protestors’ demands include a call for the resignation or removal of the chief executive of the special administrative region of Hong Kong, C.Y. Leung, widely seen as Beijing’s puppet.
They also are seeking guarantees that Hong Kong citizens can freely vote in 2017 from an unrestricted list of candidates, as Beijing promised when Britain handed over control of the territory in 1997.
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam cancelled scheduled talks with student leaders last week, saying it was impossible to have constructive dialogue with them.