Date
17 August 2017
Student leaders are considering cutting the number of occupied areas and reopening those with fewer protesters. Photo: AFP
Student leaders are considering cutting the number of occupied areas and reopening those with fewer protesters. Photo: AFP

Talks under way to reopen roads as protest dwindles

Hong Kong students are considering scaling back their protest to nights only in response to public appeals, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Talks are under way to dismantle some roadblocks to restore normal traffic after days of crippling congestion.

On Wednesday, Yvonne Leung, a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Federation and Students (HKFS) told a radio program the group will consider opening vehicular traffic and cutting the number of occupied areas

Also, HKFS will try to speed up talks with government representatives into daily meetings, Leung was quoted as saying.  

Once consensus is reached, areas with fewer demonstrators, including Queensway, will be reopened.

Hong Kong Tramways said it is ready to resume service.

Joshua Wong, co-founder of student group Scholarism, said it is discussing with HKFS and Occupy Central whether to reopen Queensway.

On Wednesday night, Scholarism distributed flyers to explain the roadblocks amid growing impatience by the public.

Police spokesman Steve Hui urged the protesters to clear all roads as soon as possible. He said the police have sent representatives to negotiate a clear-out with the students.

Meanwhile, a dwindling number of hardliners vowed to press on until Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying resigns and China promises full democratic elections.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, there were just 23 of them in Queensway, directing traffic through three roadblocks, the report said.

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