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HK protesters set for lengthy outing

AFP, HONG KONG

A protester studies in front of tents on a main street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong yesterday.

Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong’s democracy protest leaders implored supporters yesterday to bring tents and dig in for the long haul, threatening to expand their occupation of key parts of the territory after talks with the Hong Kong government collapsed.

Talks between protesters and Hong Kong officials were set for yesterday, but fell apart on Thursday after the government pulled out.

Student leaders vowed no let up in their occupation of parts of Hong Kong, despite growing anger over the disruption.

“Come to occupy the road... Bring your tents to show our persistence on long-term occupy action,” student leader Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) told supporters.

The movement’s leaders are banking on mustering significant numbers over the weekend and potentially expanding their sit-ins to keep pressure on the government.

Police officers hinted they might try to dismantle some of the barricades put up by protesters.

“If police take action to remove these obstacles, protesters must not obstruct our action,” Hong Kong police official Kong Man-keung (江敏強) told reporters.

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