As protesters in Hong Kong continue to surround two key government buildings the territory’s Chief Executive CY Leung says he has no intention of stepping down.
He was speaking just minutes before a midnight ultimatum for him to go expired.
Leung warned of serious consequences if the protesters attempt to take over government buildings but he also said one of his representatives would hold a meeting with students:
“I am now appointing the Chief Secretary to represent the Hong Kong government to meet with representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Students to discuss constitutional development matters”.
Students have threatened to escalate the protests unless their demands are met, but not everyone in Hong Kong is behind them.
Some groups have launched what they call the Blue Ribbon Movement to demand an end to the protests.