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Hong Kong Protesters In Talks With Government

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Organisers of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement are meeting representatives of the territory's government for talks which both sides hope will de-escalate tensions in the former British colony - reported the SkyNews.

The talks, which had been called off last week, are taking place at a neutral location in Aberdeen on the southern side of Hong Kong Island.

The Hong Kong government has refused to meet protester demands that they be allowed full voting rights to choose the next leader of Hong Kong in 2017.

For three weeks, the protesters have occupied three sites, sometimes in their tens of thousands, refusing police demands that they disperse.

Protesters have been gathering for three weeks

The government has formed a "Task Force on Constitutional Development" who are meeting five representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS).

The government delegation is led by the Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, the second most senior bureaucrat in the Hong Kong Administration.

The Secretary for Justice, Rimsky Yuen, and the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Raymond Tam, are also attending.

The students are represented by the HKFS Secretary-General, Alex Chow, and a number of other protest leaders.

The talks represent the beginning of what is likely to be a long process during which both sides will want concessions from the other but neither will want to be seen to be giving them.

The Chief Executive, CY Leung, has repeatedly rejected the protesters' demands to resign and has said there is "zero" chance that the authorities in Beijing would change their minds over voting rights in the territory.

In a separate development, the Hong Kong high court has ordered protesters to move on from their sites at Admiralty on Hong Kong Island and Mong Kok on the Kowloon side of the territory.

The court order came as police warned protesters not to bring children to any of the protest sites.

"As some protesters act more and more radical, anyone bringing young children to high-risk area may put their safety at risk in case of confrontation.

"Police appeal to parents to leave the scene with their children immediately," a statement said.

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