Date
17 October 2017
Pro-democracy protesters want a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang. That would not be unprecedented. On May 18, 1989, Chinese students met then Premier Li Peng to discuss the democracy protests but the talks ended in a brutal suppression less than a month la
Pro-democracy protesters want a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang. That would not be unprecedented. On May 18, 1989, Chinese students met then Premier Li Peng to discuss the democracy protests but the talks ended in a brutal suppression less than a month la

Students seek meeting with Li Keqiang

Pro-democracy protesters are asking the Hong Kong government to put them through to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang if it cannot offer a solution to their demands, am730 reported Wednesday.

Alex Chow, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), said the group was responding to a comment by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam that some issues cannot be resolved by the Hong Kong government. 

In an open letter to Lam, HKFS said the government must aim for concrete results as the basis for a second round of talks.

An earlier meeting, held last Tuesday, ended with student representatives accusing the government panel of being vague and evasive.  

Meanwhile, HKFS deputy secretary general Lester Shum was given unconditional release after he refused to renew bail for his arrest on illegal assembly and trespassing charges.

On Tuesday night, several thousand protesters held a silent vigil in Admiralty and Mong Kok to mark the first month of the protest.

They stood in silence for 87 seconds, representing the number of tear gas rounds fired by the police on protesters during the early hours of the demonstrations.

The commemoration began at 5:57 p.m. with a symbolic opening of umbrellas, which along with yellow ribbons have become a powerful sign of the protest movement.

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Protesters hold a silent vigil under symbolic umbrellas in Admiralty Tuesday to mark the first month of the democracy demonstrations. Photo: Reuters


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