Hong Kong student leaders Wednesday said they may not take part in further talks with the government after accusing city authorities of failing to make any meaningful offers to end weeks of mass rallies.
The comments are a blow to the city’s Beijing-backed leaders who had expressed hopes for fresh rounds of talks after meeting face-to-face with students on Tuesday night for the first time.
The negotiations are widely seen as the only way to end nearly a month of protests calling for full democracy in the southern Chinese city without a police crackdown or further violence.
But the first formal talks on Tuesday night made little headway with students calling the government “vague” in its commitment to finding a genuine compromise.
“About whether there will be talks in the future this is something that isn’t decided,” Hong Kong Federation of Students secretary general Alex Chow told reporters Wednesday morning.
“The government has to come up with some way to solve this problem, but what they are offering does not have any practical content,” Chow said, adding protesters will not leave the streets any time soon.
A handful of protesters later marched on the residence of Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying.
Both sides are at loggerheads over how the city’s next leader should be chosen. Protesters want to nominate and vote for candidates in 2017.
But Beijing ruled in August that only those vetted by a loyalist committee would be allowed to stand — something protesters dismiss as “fake democracy”.
– Limited offers –
During talks, government negotiators insisted Beijing would never agree to civil nomination.
But they made a series conciliatory offers including a promise to brief mainland officials on recent events and suggesting both sides could set up a “platform” to discuss further political reform beyond 2017.
Student leaders remain unimpressed, saying the government has offered nothing concrete.
They called on officials to give a clearer indication of what their proposals actually entail.
The ongoing protests have led to angry confrontations between local residents fed up with the disruption caused.
On Wednesday afternoon a fresh attempt was made by opponents of the protesters to dismantle barriers in Mongkok, a district which has previously seen frequent violent scuffles.
A handful of taxis were also parked on a nearby street protesting against the barricades.
A number of businesses — including a taxi driver association — successfully applied to the High Court to have injunctions brought against the protesters but given the camps are already considered illegal it remains to be seen what effect those injunctions will have.
Meanwhile in a video posted Wednesday on the Facebook page for the Digital Broadcasting Corporation radio channel, an angry citizen was recorded berating student leader Alex Chow.
“Your mother gave birth to you by mistake, she should have strangled you to death after she gave birth,” the woman shouted at Chow as he waited at a bus station.
“You’ve studied so much and you’re causing harm to Hong Kong. You think China will listen to what you’re saying?” she continued.
Observers hope the talks, which were abruptly cancelled earlier this month and then resurrected after recent outbreaks of violence between protesters and police, will help find some sort of face-saving compromise for both sides.
If talks are abandoned, many fear a return to violent scuffles seen late last week that saw dozens injured after protesters battled with police as they tried to clear barricades.
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