Hong Kong protesters cancels talks with government

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Hong Kong protesters cancels talks with government
A man walks past a barricade set up by pro-demoracy protesters in Hong Kong on October 16, 2014. Hong Kong's embattled leader made a dramatic u-turn reopening his offer of talks with student protesters a week after the government abruptly pulled out of discussions aimed at ending more than a fortnight of mass democracy rallies. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A man pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair complain to the police about a barricade set up by pro-demoracy protesters in Hong Kong on October 16, 2014. Hong Kong's embattled leader made a dramatic u-turn reopening his offer of talks with student protesters a week after the government abruptly pulled out of discussions aimed at ending more than a fortnight of mass democracy rallies. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Lines of tents set up by pro-democracy protesters are seen in an occupied area near government headquarters in Hong Kong Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said Thursday he is ready to start talks as soon as next week with student leaders of the pro-democracy protests that have rocked the city for nearly three weeks. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A pro-democracy protester wakes from her tent in the occupied area by them at the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Police briefly scuffled with protesters camped out in Hong Kong's streets early Thursday, but held back from dismantling barricades erected by the activists pushing for greater democracy in the Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Ken Tsang, center, a member of a local pro-democracy political party, is carried by plainclothes police officers after a clash between protesters and police in an occupied area near the government headquarters in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers drove protesters from an underpass in the dead of night Wednesday, the worst violence since the street demonstrations for greater democracy began more than two weeks ago. Local television channel TVB showed footage of around six plainclothes police officers taking a man around the side of a building, pushing him to the ground and kicking him. Local legislators and activists identified the protester as Ken Tsang. (AP Photo/Apple Daily) HONG KONG OUT, TAIWAN OUT
A police offer stands guard at a occupied area in a main roads in Mongkok district in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers drove protesters from a tunnel in the dead of night in the worst violence since the street demonstrations for greater democracy began more than two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Pro-democracy protesters attend a rally in the occupied areas outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of people are pouring into a main road in Hong Kong to show support for a pro-democracy protest after the government called off talks with student leaders. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Pro-democracy protesters attend a rally in the occupied areas outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of people are pouring into a main road in Hong Kong to show support for a pro-democracy protest after the government called off talks with student leaders. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 10: Thousands of pro-democracy protesters fill what has now been called ' Umbrella Square' at Admiralty for a rally on October 10, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The rally comes after government officials called off talks with student leaders yesterday. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 10: Thousands of pro-democracy protesters fill what has now been called ' Umbrella Square' at Admiralty for a rally on October 10, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The rally comes after government officials called off talks with student leaders yesterday. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 10: Pro-democracy protesters listen to speeches during a rally at what has now been called ' Umbrella Square' at Admiralty on October 10, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The rally comes after government officials called off talks with student leaders yesterday. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
People walk through a tunnel on the main road in the occupied areas in Central, Hong Kong Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Talks between the Hong Kong government and student leaders of a democracy protest that has blocked main roads in the Asian financial hub for nearly two weeks are canceled because they're unlikely to be constructive, a senior government official said Thursday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A model, left, poses for a fashion photo shooting as a protester sits on a main road in the occupied areas outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. A pro-democracy protest that has blocked main roads in Hong Kong for almost two weeks could drag on for days yet, after talks aimed at resolving a bitter standoff between the city's government and student demonstrators collapsed Thursday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Pro-democracy demonstrators attend a rally next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on October 10, 2014. Hong Kong's democracy protest leaders implored supporters October 10 to bring tents and dig in for the long haul, threatening to expand their occupation of key parts of the city after talks with the government collapsed. AFP PHOTO / Pedro Ugarte (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro democracy protesters gather at Admiralty district during a rally after government called off the talks with students on October 10, 2014 in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Strings of garland-like paper umbrellas hang from a bridge at Admiralty district during the rally after government called off talks with students on October 10, 2014 in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro democracy protesters gather at Admiralty district during the rally after government called off the talks with students on October 10, 2014 in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy demonstrators gather for a rally in Hong Kong on October 10, 2014. Hong Kong's democracy protest leaders implored supporters October 10 to bring tents and dig in for the long haul, threatening to expand their occupation of key parts of the city after talks with the government collapsed. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
People are seen on an escalator as pro-democracy demonstrators gather for a rally in Hong Kong on October 10, 2014. Hong Kong's democracy protest leaders implored supporters October 10 to bring tents and dig in for the long haul, threatening to expand their occupation of key parts of the city after talks with the government collapsed. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks to work as the pro-democracy student protesters sleep on a roadside in the occupied areas surrounding the government complex in Hong Kong Oct. 6, 2014. Hong Kong's civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening Monday as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city center for the week dwindled. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Pro-democracy student leader Alex Chow walks by Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's office where a few student protesters are sitting and staging their protest, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in Hong Kong. Passionate, student-led protests for democratic reforms over the past week in Hong Kong have subsided Monday as many residents returned to work. Chow, a student leader, said he was not worried about the crowd dwindling. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Pro-democracy student protesters sit on a roadside in the occupied areas surrounding the government complex in Hong Kong Oct. 6, 2014. Hong Kong's civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening Monday as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city center for the week dwindled. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A police officer tries to hold back pro-democracy student protesters during a clash local residents in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Friction between pro-democracy protesters and opponents of their weeklong occupation of major Hong Kong streets persisted Saturday as police denied they had any connection to criminal gangs suspected of inciting attacks on largely peaceful demonstrators. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Pro-democracy student protesters hold placard, urging students to boycott classes in front of the Goddess of Democracy statue with which head covered by a black cloth to represent democracy is dead at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Passionate student-led protests for democratic reforms in Hong Kong subsided Monday but a few hundred demonstrators remained camped out, vowing to keep up the pressure on the government until officials show they are sincere in responding to their demands. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A pro-democracy student protester chants a placard at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 to urge students to stop studying. Passionate student-led protests for democratic reforms in Hong Kong subsided Monday but a few hundred demonstrators remained camped out, vowing to keep up the pressure on the government until officials show they are sincere in responding to their demands. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a roadside in the occupied areas surrounding the government complex in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Hong Kong's civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening Monday as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city center for the week dwindled. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
People take an escalator to head to work as the pro-democracy student protesters sleep on a roadside in the occupied areas surrounding the government complex in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Hong Kong's civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening Monday as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city center for the week dwindled. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Vehicles make their way through main roads partly open in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Student-led protests for democratic reforms in Hong Kong shrank Monday but a few hundred demonstrators remained camped out in the streets, vowing to keep up the pressure until the government responds to their demands. Schools reopened and civil servants returned to work Monday morning after protesters cleared the area outside the city's government headquarters, a focal point of the demonstrations that started the previous weekend. Crowds also thinned markedly at the two other protest sites, and traffic flowed again through many roads that had been blocked. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Demonstrators stand in front of police in the Mong Kok area in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. A week into demonstrations in Hong Kong notable for their order and endurance, protesters came under attack from opponents, highlighting the fault lines of a city torn between commercial interests and a desire for greater democracy. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Police with riot gear stand guard in the Mong Kok area in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. A week into demonstrations in Hong Kong notable for their order and endurance, protesters came under attack from opponents, highlighting the fault lines of a city torn between commercial interests and a desire for greater democracy. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A policeman shouts during protests in the Mong Kok area in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. A week into demonstrations in Hong Kong notable for their order and endurance, protesters came under attack from opponents, highlighting the fault lines of a city torn between commercial interests and a desire for greater democracy. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A demonstrator wears a t-shirt with an image of South African leader Nelson Mandela during protests in the Mong Kok area in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. A week into demonstrations in Hong Kong notable for their order and endurance, protesters came under attack from opponents, highlighting the fault lines of a city torn between commercial interests and a desire for greater democracy. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Police stand guard in the Mong Kok area in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. A week into demonstrations in Hong Kong notable for their order and endurance, protesters came under attack from opponents, highlighting the fault lines of a city torn between commercial interests and a desire for greater democracy. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 05: Police stand guard during a pro-democracy protest in the Mongkok area of Hong Kong on October 5, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. The protesters are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who last night agreed to hold talks with the protest leaders in a bid to diffuse the growing unrest. (Photo by Thomas Campean/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy demonstrators gather for a night rally in Hong Kong on October 4, 2014. Hopes of finding a resolution to a week of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong collapsed Saturday as students scrapped talks with the government over violent attacks by Beijing supporters and suspected triad members. Hong Kong's security chief furiously denied the government had used triad gangs against pro-democracy protesters. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
A man lights a cigarette as he talks to a crowd of pro-democracy protesters about why the occupation of the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong should end on October 4, 2014. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators gathered for a mass peace rally in central Hong Kong late Saturday, defying recent attacks against their ranks as the city authorities denied using paid thugs to harass them. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators sit on a road during a protest in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong, China, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. A week into demonstrations in Hong Kong notable for their order and endurance, protesters came under attack from opponents, highlighting the fault lines of a city torn between commercial interests and a desire for greater democracy. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Student pro-democracy protesters sleep, rest and wait on the streets near the government headquarters at the break of dawn, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters were defiant in the face of attacks by opponents and warnings by the Hong Kong government to clear the streets, staging a massive rally Saturday evening in the downtown business district they've occupied for a week. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A pro-democracy supporter walks past a wall covered with messages of support, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 in Hong Kong. Early Saturday, the Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of the groups leading the demonstrations that drew tens of thousands of people earlier this week, said they saw no choice but to cancel the dialogue they had agreed to after Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's proposed talks. They demanded the government hold someone responsible for the scuffles Friday, the worst disturbances since police used tear gas and pepper spray to try to disperse the protesters the weekend before. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 03: A pro-democracy activist screams at local residents and pro-government supporters as they protect their protest site on October 3, 2014 in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Fights broke out between local residents and pro government supporters when they attempted to force pro-democracy activists from their protest site. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. Protest leaders have set an October 1st deadline for their demands to be met and are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Pedestrians look at demonstrators as they sit on a road during a protest in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong, China, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. A week into demonstrations in Hong Kong notable for their order and endurance, protesters came under attack from opponents, highlighting the fault lines of a city torn between commercial interests and a desire for greater democracy. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A couple look down on an empty road and tramway in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong, China, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. A week into demonstrations in Hong Kong notable for their order and endurance, protesters came under attack from opponents, highlighting the fault lines of a city torn between commercial interests and a desire for greater democracy. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A demonstrator reads a book as he sits holding an umbrella along with other demonstrators in front of a Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd. store during a protest in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong, China, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. A week into demonstrations in Hong Kong notable for their order and endurance, protesters came under attack from opponents, highlighting the fault lines of a city torn between commercial interests and a desire for greater democracy. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 04: Pro-democracy protesters rests on a blockaded road next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on October 4, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. The protesters are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who last night agreed to hold talks with the protest leaders in a bid to diffuse the growing unrest. (Photo by Thomas Campean/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 03: Anti-Occupy supporters chant at the Occupy camp in Causeway Bay on October 3, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. The protesters are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who last night agreed to hold talks with the protest leaders in a bid to diffuse the growing unrest. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 03: Anti-Occupy supporters chant at the Occupy camp in Causeway Bay on October 3, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. The protesters are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who last night agreed to hold talks with the protest leaders in a bid to diffuse the growing unrest. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 03: Police remove barricades on a street in Causeway Bay on October 3, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. The protesters are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who last night agreed to hold talks with the protest leaders in a bid to diffuse the growing unrest. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 03: Anti-Occupy supporters chant at the Occupy camp in Causeway Bay on October 3, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. The protesters are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who last night agreed to hold talks with the protest leaders in a bid to diffuse the growing unrest. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 03: Pro-democracy activists are pushed through the crowd to safety after clashing with local residents and pro-government supporters on October 3, 2014 in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Fights broke out between local residents and pro government supporters when they attempted to force pro-democracy activists from their protest site. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. Protest leaders have set an October 1st deadline for their demands to be met and are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - OCTOBER 03: Local residents and pro-government supporters scream at pro-democracy protesters on October 3, 2014 in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Fights broke out between local residents and pro government supporters when they attempted to force pro-democracy activists from their protest site. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. Protest leaders have set an October 1st deadline for their demands to be met and are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy demonstrators look on as they protect a barricade from anti-protesters in an occupied area of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters clashed with opposition groups in two of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts on October 3, with police stepping in to try to calm the chaos. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A pro-democracy activist shouts slogans on a street near the government headquarters where protesters have made camp, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 in Hong Kong. Holiday crowds swelled into the tens of thousands as student leaders met with other pro-democracy protesters Wednesday to thrash out a strategy for handling the government's rejection of their demands that the city's top leader resign and Beijing revise its plans to limit political reforms. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Student pro-democracy activists use their smartphones while sitting on the streets near the government headquarters, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Hong Kong. The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm says. The applications are disguised as tools created by activists to protests, said the firm, Lacoon Mobile Security. The firm said that once downloaded, they give an outsider access to the phone's address book, call logs and other information. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A young boy finds a spot to place his sign to to show support for pro-democracy activists, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Hong Kong. China's ruling party mouthpiece warned of "chaos" and expressed strong support for Hong Kong's embattled leader in his face-off with pro-democracy protesters who have threatened to occupy government offices unless he steps down by the end of Thursday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Protesters open their yellow and black umbrellas during a rally outside the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 to express their solidarity with the pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong which some sectors dubbed as "Umbrella Revolution." The protest in Hong Kong, now on its fifth day, with pro-democracy protesters threatening to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Pro-democracy student protesters sleep on an occupied main street outside of the government complex in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Hundreds of demonstrators at Grand Park downtown Los Angeles to show their support for the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong that have been dubbed the "umbrella revolution", on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. Protest leaders in Hong Kong have set an October 1st deadline for their demands to be met and are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators, some waving lights from mobile phones, fill the streets in the main finical district of Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory's leader doesn't resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Student protesters sit with signs on their fight for democracy in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Holiday crowds swelled into the tens of thousands as student leaders met with other pro-democracy protesters Wednesday to thrash out a strategy for handling the government's rejection of their demands that the city's top leader resign and Beijing revise its plans to limit political reforms. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Colorful post-it notes are stuck on the outside of the Hong Kong building in Sydney, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, to show support for the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's embattled leader attended a flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Student protesters rest next to a defaced cut-out of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at one of their protest sites around the government headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for the city's unpopular Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to meet their demands for genuine democracy and for him to step down as leader of Hong Kong, after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Pro-democracy demonstrators walk past the People's Liberation Army Garrison headquarters building as they gather for the third night in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014. The demonstrators have demanded full universal suffrage after Beijing said it would allow elections for the semi-autonomous city's next leader in 2017 but would vet the candidates -- a decision branded a 'fake democracy'. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy demonstrators check their smart phones in the central district as they gather for the third night in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014. The demonstrators have demanded full universal suffrage after Beijing said it would allow elections for the semi-autonomous city's next leader in 2017 but would vet the candidates -- a decision branded a 'fake democracy'. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy demonstrators gather for the third night in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014. The demonstrators have demanded full universal suffrage after Beijing said it would allow elections for the semi-autonomous city's next leader in 2017 but would vet the candidates -- a decision branded a 'fake democracy'. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: A protester instructs people to move to Chater Road in the Central District on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: Protesters parade a large cut out of the head of C.Y. Leung in the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A high view shows thousands of students gathering in a "sit-in" to block main roads of a popular fashion district of Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A high view shows thousands of students gathering in a "sit-in" to block main roads of a popular fashion district of Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Protesters take rest at a main road in the financial central district after riot police use tear gas against them as thousands of people blocked the road in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Riot police use tear gas against protesters after thousands of people blocked a main road at the financial central district in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city. (AP Photo) HONG KONG OUT
Protesters gather at a main road in the financial central district after riot police use tear gas against them after thousands of people blocked the road in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Riot police use tear gas against protesters after thousands of people blocked a main road at the financial central district in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city. (AP Photo)
Student protesters mixed with expatriates scuffle with police in an entertainment area in Hong Kong, late Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. A tense standoff between thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters and police warning of a crackdown spiraled into an extraordinary scene of chaos Sunday as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: Protesters gather in the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy protesters gather behind barricades next to luxury stores Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton in the Central district of Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy protesters gather around the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel in the Central district of Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: A protester instructs people to move to Chater Road in the Central District on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
Demonstrators hold an effigy of Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's chief executive, as they protest near the central government offices in the business district of Admiralty in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters poured back into the streets of Hong Kong, choking roads in three different points of the city to press demands for free and open elections and the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Protestors and student demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during a protest outside the headquarters of Legislative Council in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors gather at Wanchai district in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: Protesters put on goggles and wrap themselves in clear wrap after hearing a rumour that police were coming with tear gas outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: A man helps protesters use a makeshift ladder to climb over concrete street barricades outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: Protesters wave their cell phones in the air in the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: Protesters gather in the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: Protesters gather in the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Two young pro-democracy protesters hand out food and masks to other demonstrators at a rally in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their mobile phones during a protest near the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. The ranks of Hong Kong democracy protesters who have paralysed parts of the city swelled into their tens of thousands on September 29, digging in for another night of confrontation with police in their campaign for free elections. AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REY (Photo credit should read DALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images)
A man uses a smartphone to take photographs of a blocked stairwell at Admiralty MTR station, occupied by demonstrators in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters vowed to press ahead with demonstrations unless Hong Kongâs top official steps down, with thousands of people surrounding government offices after violent clashes paralyzed the city center. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: Protesters wave their cell phones in the air in the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A protester uses the phone as hundreds occupy a fashion district in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Students gather to attend a "sit-in" to block main roads of a popular fashion district in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A student pro-democracy protester covers his face in plastic wrap to protect against pepper spray in the event that it is used as they stand-off with local police, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A Malaysian activist holds up a placard as another holds an umbrella during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to support pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
Pro-democracy protesters sit on a road as they face-off with local police, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Pro-democracy protesters sit on a road as they face-off with local police, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A banner calling to "occupy Hong Kong" hangs from a pedestrian overpass above a sit-in protest in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Student protesters sit, rest and sleep near the government headquarters where many have been camping out for a few days in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A student pro-democracy protester covers his face in plastic wrap to guard against pepper spray in a standoff with police, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Hong Kong. Protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Riot police use tear gas against protesters after thousands of people block a main road to the financial central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Authorities launched their crackdown after the protest spiraled into an extraordinary scene of chaos as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Thousands of people block a main road in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday to try to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters who had gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters walk through tear gas used by riot police against protesters after thousands of people blocked a main road at the financial central district in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Authorities launched their crackdown after the protest spiraled into an extraordinary scene of chaos as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters walk through tear gas used by riot police against protesters after thousands of people blocked a main road at the financial central district in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Authorities launched their crackdown after the protest spiraled into an extraordinary scene of chaos as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Riot police use tear gas against protesters after thousands of people blocked a main road at the financial central district in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Authorities launched their crackdown after the protest spiraled into an extraordinary scene of chaos as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Riot police use tear gas against protesters after thousands of people blocked a main road at the financial central district in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Authorities launched their crackdown after the protest spiraled into an extraordinary scene of chaos as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Riot police use tear gas against protesters after thousands of people block a main road at the financial central district in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Authorities launched their crackdown after the protest spiraled into an extraordinary scene of chaos as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Riot police use tear gas against protesters after thousands of people block a main road at the financial central district in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Authorities launched their crackdown after the protest spiraled into an extraordinary scene of chaos as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters walk through tear gas used by riot police against protesters after thousands of people blocked a main road at the financial central district in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Authorities launched their crackdown after the protest spiraled into an extraordinary scene of chaos as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A pro-democracy protester wears plastic wrap to protect himself from pepper spray at a rally near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
Spectators watch as thousands of demonstrators storm onto a highway after breaking through police cordons during ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / JEROME TAYLOR (Photo credit should read JEROME TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers walk up an escalator shortly after thousands of demonstrators storm onto a highway after breaking through police cordons during ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / JEROME TAYLOR (Photo credit should read JEROME TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators dressed in protective masks and ponchos carry sodium chloride solution to be used as an eye wash if pepper spray is deployed by police during ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / JEROME TAYLOR (Photo credit should read JEROME TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of demonstrators storm onto a highway after breaking through police cordons during ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / JEROME TAYLOR (Photo credit should read JEROME TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy protesters wear protective clothing and face masks as they rally near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
A pro-democracy protester screams at police near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
A pro-democracy protester shouts slogans at police near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators disperse as tear gas is fired by police during a protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters kick-started their campaign to occupy central Hong Kong after police clashed with students, demanding that China withdraws proposals to control the citys elections. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Police fire tear gas at demonstrators during a protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters kick-started their campaign to occupy central Hong Kong after police clashed with students, demanding that China withdraws proposals to control the citys elections. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Police fire tear gas at demonstrators during a protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters kick-started their campaign to occupy central Hong Kong after police clashed with students, demanding that China withdraws proposals to control the citys elections. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Police fire tear gas at demonstrators during a protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters kick-started their campaign to occupy central Hong Kong after police clashed with students, demanding that China withdraws proposals to control the citys elections. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
People walk along a closed road near the site of a pro-democracy protest near the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28 in protest at Beijing's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REY (Photo credit should read DALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy demonstrators rest after a night of protesting at a rally outside the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28 in protest at Beijing's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REY (Photo credit should read DALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy demonstrators rest after a night of protesting at a rally outside the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28 in protest at Beijing's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REY (Photo credit should read DALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images)
Police rest after a night of keeping vigil at a pro-democracy demonstration near the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28 in protest at Beijing's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REY (Photo credit should read DALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images)
People pass out food and drink at a pro-democracy protest on Nathan Road, a major route through the heart of the Kowloon district of Hong Kong, on September 29, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy protesters argue with a man (L) opposing their occupation of Nathan Road, a major route through the heart of the Kowloon district of Hong Kong, on September 29, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
A commuter joins in the chanting with pro-democracy protesters as they gather on Nathan Road, a major route through the heart of the Kowloon district of Hong Kong, on September 29, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
People stand on top of an entrance to the Mong Kok MTR station overlooking a pro-democracy protest on Nathan Road, a major route through the heart of the Kowloon district of Hong Kong, on September 29, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
A protester rests following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters rest following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen rest following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters rest following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Police confront demonstrators during a protest in Hong Kong, China, in the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators defied tear gas and pepper spray to occupy the city center, as police undertook the biggest crackdown since the city returned to Chinese rule. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: Demonstrators disperse as tear gas is fired by police during a protest on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of people kicked off Occupy Central by taking over Connaught Road, one of the major highway in Hong Kong, in protest against Beijing's conservative framework for political reform. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29: Demonstrators disperse as tear gas is fired by police during a protest on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of people kicked off Occupy Central by taking over Connaught Road, one of the major highway in Hong Kong, in protest against Beijing's conservative framework for political reform. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
A demonstrator gestures opposite policemen during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Security forces wearing gas masks take position opposite demonstrators taking part in a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters protect themselves from tear gas fired by police during riots that followed a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Riot policemen take position opposite demonstrators during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters protect themselves from tear gas fired by police during riots that followed a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS (Photo credit should read XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy protestersput their hands up in the air in fron of the police in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. It marked a dramatic escalation of protests in the city, which rarely sees such violence, after a tense week of largely contained student-led demonstrations exploded into mass angry street protests. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
A pro-democracy protester runs along a road after the police fired tear gas in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. It marked a dramatic escalation of protests in the city, which rarely sees such violence, after a tense week of largely contained student-led demonstrations exploded into mass angry street protests. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy protesters run away from tear gas fired by the police in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. It marked a dramatic escalation of protests in the city, which rarely sees such violence, after a tense week of largely contained student-led demonstrations exploded into mass angry street protests. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers face off with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. It marked a dramatic escalation of protests in the city, which rarely sees such violence, after a tense week of largely contained student-led demonstrations exploded into mass angry street protests. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
A pro-democracy protester wraps his face with plastic wrap to protect himself against tear gas in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. It marked a dramatic escalation of protests in the city, which rarely sees such violence, after a tense week of largely contained student-led demonstrations exploded into mass angry street protests. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters take rest at a main road in the financial central district after riot police use tear gas against them as thousands of people blocked the road in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Riot police fire tear gas on student protesters occupying streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong, early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy demonstrators defied onslaughts of tear gas and appeals from Hong Kong's top leader to go home, as the protests over Beijing's decision to limit political reforms expanded across the city early Monday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Director of Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office, John Leung, center left, listens to Hong Kong student demonstrators, supporting pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong, at the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. The newspaper headline reads: "Hong Kong is crying."(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Director of Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office, John Leung, left, escapes from Hong Kong and Taiwan student demonstrators scuffling with police for supporting pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Hong Kong and Taiwanese student demonstrators scuffle with police for supporting pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Student protesters mixed with expatriates cause police to retreat in an entertainment area in Hong Kong, late Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. A tense standoff between thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters and police warning of a crackdown spiraled into an extraordinary scene of chaos Sunday as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Protesters gather at a main road at the financial central district after riot police use tear gas against them after thousands of people blocked the road in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Hong Kong and Taiwanese student demonstrators scuffle with police for supporting pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Hong Kong and Taiwanese student demonstrators scuffle with police for supporting pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Volunteers and demonstrators sit outside a makeshift first-aid post, in the form of a Citybus Ltd. commuter bus, in the business district of Admiralty in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters vowed to press ahead with demonstrations unless Hong Kong's top official steps down, with thousands of people surrounding government offices after violent clashes paralyzed the city center. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Police officers stand off with pro-democracy protesters next to the Hong Kong police headquarters in the Wan Chai area of Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
A young girl laughs as she holds a picture she drew of herself crying next to the number '689', in reference to the number of votes counted to elect Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, at a rally in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
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HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters called off planned talks with the government on electoral reforms Friday after mobs of people tried to drive them from streets they had occupied in one of the city's main shopping areas.

The Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of the groups leading the protests that swelled to the tens of thousands earlier this week, said they saw no choice but to cancel the talks.

"The government is demanding the streets be cleared. We call upon all Hong Kong people to immediately come to protect our positions and fight to the end," the group said in a statement.

Hong Kong's leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, proposed the talks late Thursday, seeking to defuse the standoff, the biggest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997.

His refusal to yield to calls for his resignation angered many protesters. They demanded that the government hold someone responsible for the scuffles Friday in Kowloon's crowded Mong Kok district and other areas, the most chaotic since police used tear gas and pepper spray last weekend to try to disperse the demonstrations.

Just as those tactics ended up drawing more people into the streets, the attacks on Friday drew hundreds of supporters.

It was unclear if the people trying to drive out the protesters were organized, though some wore blue ribbons signaling their support for the mainland Chinese government, while the protesters have worn yellow ribbons. At least some were local residents fed up with the inconvenience of blocked streets and closed shops, and were perhaps encouraged to take matters into their own hands by police calls for the protesters to clear the streets.

"It's not about whether I support their cause or not. It's about whether what they are doing is legal or not," said Donald Chan, 45. "It is illegal. It has brought chaos to the city."

In the afternoon, democracy activists, mostly students, linked arms and held hands as they tried to stand their ground. Police formed cordons and escorted some of the protesters away as hundreds of people chanted, "Pack up!" and "Go home!"

But the tide seemed to turn in the evening, when hundreds assembled, shouting at the opponents of the protesters and haranguing police to protect the students. Police ended up escorting some of the mob of people in their 30s and older out of the area.

The chaos prompted orders from police and other top officials for all to avoid violence and go home.

"We should not use violence or disrupt social order in any situation," Chief Executive Leung said. "All people gathering in those areas should disperse as soon as possible and restore social order, so that daily lives will be restored to normal."

During the worst of the disturbances, police appeared hard-pressed to keep order as the two sides tussled in a tense standoff. Some people emerged bloodied from the fracas. Occasional heavy rain showers did not noticeably thin the crowds.

The protesters have stayed in the streets since Sept. 26, pledging to preserve Hong Kong's Western-style legal system and civil liberties. They want the Chinese government to reverse a decision requiring all candidates in the first election for Hong Kong's leader in 2017 to be approved by a mostly pro-Beijing committee. The demonstrators want open nominations.

Hong Kong's top civil servant, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, said Friday she had begun organizing the talks with the protesters, before the students called them off.

China's government has mostly kept quiet during the crisis, other than to call the protests illegal and support the Hong Kong government's efforts to disperse them. However, the Communist Party newspaper People's Daily on Friday accused a small group of demonstrators of trying to "hijack the system" and said the protest effort was doomed to failure.

There is "no room for concessions" on the candidate screening issue, it said in a front-page editorial, noting that Hong Kong "is directly under the jurisdiction of the central government; it is not a country or an independent political entity."

Some who are sympathetic to the protesters' demands for wider democracy complained that the police were not doing enough to protect the demonstrators. But others complained that the protests were disrupting their lives and hurting their livelihoods.

"It affected my company, a perfume business, to deliver goods in the area," said Ken Lai in the bustling Causeway Bay neighborhood. "I really dislike the fact that they occupied so many areas, all scattered around the city. I'm a Hong Konger too. The occupiers don't represent all of us."
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