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Hong Kong: Protesters' silence hopes to make a noise about tear gas


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Hong Kong: Protesters' silence hopes to make a noise about tear gas

Student protest leaders in Hong Kong have called for direct talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang if the Hong Kong government is unable to resolve their demands for open nominations in elections planned for 2017.

They made the request as thousands of protesters remained encamped in Admiralty district and marked their month-long pro-democracy movement with a moment of silence. It lasted for 87 seconds, representing the number of times the police force used tear gas on September 28 to disperse protesters.

Demonstrators used umbrellas to protect themselves from the tear gas, as well as pepper spray, used by police, which gave the movement its name. But the “umbrella revolution” shows no sign of relenting unless its demands are met.

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