Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Students Continue Hong Kong Protests, but Internal Strife Surfaces

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Students Continue Hong Kong Protests, but Internal Strife Surfaces

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HONG KONG * Hong Kong's civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening today as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city center for the week dwindled.

Student demonstrators say they have taken early steps to begin talks with the government on their demands for wider political reforms, but actual negotiations have not started and many disagreements remain.

At the government headquarters, where some protesters agreed to remove barriers blocking roads Sunday ahead of the government's deadline to scale back their protests, the scene was orderly as government officials arrived for work as a few dozen remaining protesters looked on.

The crowds had thinned markedly after a week that saw tens of thousands of people fill the streets in peaceful protest. In Mong Kok, another protest site across the harbor where protesters had clashed violently with their opponents, a few hundred activists were staying put at the sit-in site.

Some activists disagree with the partial withdrawal at government headquarters, and an alliance of students say they will keep up their protests until details of the talks are worked out.

"If the government uses force to clear away protesters, there will be no room for dialogue," Lester Shum, one of the group's leaders, told reporters.

Alex Chow, another student leader, said he was not worried about the crowd dwindling.

"Because people need rest, but they will come out again. It doesn't mean the movement is diminishing. Many people still support it," Chow said.

Students occupying an area just outside city government headquarters agreed to remove some barricades that were blocking the building's entrance, after the government said it would do whatever was necessary to ensure 3,000 civil servants would have full access to their offices today. …

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