Protesters in HK to vote on staying in streets

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Posted: Oct 24, 2014 12:17 AM
Protesters in HK to vote on staying in streets

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps.

The three main groups behind the demonstrations say they would register public opinion at the main downtown protest site, where thousands remain camped out.

Hong Kong's government has offered to submit a report to the central government noting the protesters' unhappiness with a Beijing-dictated plan to have a 1,200-person committee pick candidates for the city's top leader in 2017 elections. Officials have also offered to hold regular dialogue with protesters about democratic reforms.

The Hong Kong Federation of Students is one of the main organizers behind the nearly monthlong protests and has already rejected the government offer.