Hong Kong: Government ready to talk with protesters but rejects key concessions

By Simon Denyer, October 16, 2014

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s leader said Thursday that he is ready to start talks with pro-
democracy demonstrators as early as next week, even as he ruled out any concessions to the protesters.

Student activists leading the protests — which are a showdown over Beijing’s control of political affairs and freedoms in the former British colony — said they were prepared to talk, but political analysts said Chief Executiv e Leung Chun-ying had effectively offered dialogue with one hand while closing the door to compromise with the other.

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