For the several hundred protesters remaining on the streets, there is disappointment at the government's proposed agenda for dialogue on Friday. However the students indicated that the talks will continue as they want the government to address their demands for universal suffrage and the resignation of Leung Chun-ying. The protest has significantly reduced in size over the past few days only peaking at night times with several thousand people briefly stopping by after work and classes. European Union representatives have also expressed their concerns over the handling of the Occupy protests with the Hong Kong government. The police have continued to watch on with no forceful attempt to clear the protest or major clashes have occurred overnight.
By morning it was clear that only several hundred protesters had stayed overnight and many had left for school or work early. Many of the university students have returned to class as the examination period is approaching. Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok urged CY Leung's administration to engage in genuine dialogue with the students. The Chinese ambassador to Canada hits back against the Canadian government's support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, stressing that “stability is a must”. German Consul-General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff has also praised the youth of Hong Kong for their enthusiasm. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, former leader of the Hong Kong Catholic Church has urged protesters to leave the protests and resume normal lives citing that as the government has used force it is better to further the Umbrella Revolution by withdrawing now to help the long term pro-democracy movement.
By afternoon it was clear that many of the students were not happy with the proposed structure of talks as constructed by the government. Minor clashes between Occupy and anti-Occupy protesters in Mongkok take place as the New York City Bar Association has written an open letter to Leung, expressing its “grave concern” over the treatment of Occupy Central protesters. The Hong Kong Federation of Students also released a statement claiming that the government had 'distorted' its views during last night's preliminary meetings and hoped that the upcoming meeting on Friday would be more constructive.
The man charged with assaulting Professor Cliff Buddle at the University of Hong Kong has pleaded not guitly and will face trial on October 31. Robert Chow Yung, a spokesman for anti-Occupy group, the Alliance for Peace and Democracy has claimed that most Hong Kongers do not support the current protests and that protesters should go home. Local residents in Mongkok have raised complaints with police over the traffic interruptions caused by barricades in areas that have little to no protesters calling on the authorities to reopen the roads. Emergency services also reported some delays in reaching their destinations within he promised times.
Anti-Occupy protesters have targeted Jimmy Lai's house with a small protest outside. Jimmy Lai as the owner of the Apple Daily newspaper is pro-democratic and supportive of the protests leading to claims that the United States and foreign governments is attempting to interfere with Hong Kong's politics. Kindergartens in Wan Chai and Central will resume tomorrow with backup transport arrangements being made. By evening, Joshua Wong was seen distributing leaflets outside Wan Chai MTR station apologising for the inconvenience that the protest had caused to the general public. Some people encourage him while others ignore him frustrated and angry at the protests. The Occupy Central organisers have downplayed suggestions that an alliance would be formed with the Hong Kong Federation of Students before Friday's talks with the government stating that the current status of mutual cooperation is acceptable. Occupy co-organiser Chan Kin-man has also rebuffed Cardinal Joseph Zen's call against a continued occupation, saying there should be no retreat "before the dialogue yields any result". The five members representing the student movement in talks with the government have not been confirmed with no decision reached as yet to whether Occupy leaders will be involved as well. An Australian newspaper has also reported potential corruption involving Leung Chun-ying over a secret $7 million (AUD) payout from an Australian firm.
Updated: 8 October 2014 at 8pm
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