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Talks to resolve Hong Kong political crisis scheduled for Friday

October 08, 2014, 9:34 UTC+3 HONG KONG
The protest leaders are expected to meet with Hong Kong's second-in-command, the chief secretary, Carrie Lam
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HONG KONG, October 8. /TASS/. Some 300 activists continue their sit-in protest in Hong Kong demanding free elections despite the agreement reached to hold negotiations with the authorities on Friday.

The protest leaders are expected to meet with Hong Kong's second-in-command, the chief secretary, Carrie Lam. Demonstrators have requested to speak with Lam saying they don’t trust the chief executive, Leung Chun-ying.

The Hong Kong residents maintain that they have the right to freely elect the chief executive of the territory, which was handed by Britain back to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula that guarantees freedoms not seen on the mainland, including the right to protest.

China’s authorities have promised to allow this practice in 2017 on condition that there are no more than three candidates who need to be approved by the nominating committee controlled by Beijing.

These restrictions do not allow pro-democracy candidates to participate in the elections, the opposition says.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong deputy of the National People's Congress, Rita Fan, said the chances that Beijing will revise the procedure which has been already approved are “slim.”

Lester Shum, the vice secretary of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, said the protest actions will continue until the “clear signs of progress” are seen.

He has warned that the consultations will be suspended if police attempt to use force to disperse the crowds in the protest zones or fail to ensure security of the participants.

During mass demonstrations, protesters, mainly Hong Kong residents and students, have been blocking traffic on the main roads in the city. A total of 165 people involved in mass protests have been injured.

The movement has been dubbed "the Umbrella Revolution" after many people used umbrellas to protect themselves from pepper spray and tear gas as well as to cope with oppressive heat.

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