The Hong Kong government has called off talks with student leaders after both sides failed to agree on the agenda overnight. Hundreds of people have been debating the future of the pro-democracy movement in both protest sites in Admiralty and Mongkok. There were no major incidents overnight and police have yet to clear to the protest. As morning arrived the protest numbers were down compared to the night time as has happneed in the previous days. Most MTR services were running although some station exits remained closed and bus diversions were routed around the barricaded locations. Most children were able to attend school although a number had arrived late due to traffic disruptions.
By mid-morning, the number of protesters had fallen to less than a hundred in Mongkok with less than a dozen police officers on standby. Small business owners and red minibus drivers have held a small protest in Causeway Bay demanding that police reopen roads as well as criticising the protests as damaging their livelihoods. Truck drivers have also stated that they will forcefully reopen roads if they are not cleared by October 15. The Occupy Movement has announced that it will provide a statement outlining a 'new wave' of civil disobedience amid the government's delays to the talks. Public opinion continues to remain divided as ohn Tsang Chun-wah says police and students have been “highly restrained” over the past couple of weeks during the protests, displaying “common core values that all Hong Kong people subscribe to”.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer, Leung Chun-ying continues to face questions over a $7 million (AUD) payment he received from Australian company UGL between 2011 and 2013. However the company UGL has defended the business transaction and the non-declaration of the deal citing that Leung Chun-ying had not been elected Chief Executive Officer when the agreement was reached. The pro-democracy NeoDemocrat party has submitted a formal complaint against Leung Chun-ying which could result in an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigation of the deal, revealed by an Australian newspaper on Wednesday. Alan Leong a member of the Hong Kong legislative council has announced plans to impeach Leung Chun-ying in response to their corruption allegations.
Protest leaders from Occupy, Federation of Students and Scholarism have all encouraged protesters to gather on Harcourt Road or dubbed 'Umbrella Square' on Friday to boost unity for the movement. However no formal alliance has been reached between these separate pro-democracy groups. Representatives of the police, district councils and the transportation industry say negotiations with protesters to remove barricades from roads are yet to yield a positive outcome. In a dramatic development, Carrie Lam, the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong has announced the government's decision to call of talks in response to the protesters gathering on Harcourt Road to put pressure on the government and claiming students have not met the basic requirements for dialogue which included keeping the Occupy movement separate.
Protesters around Hong Kong have reacted angrily to the government's announcement that the talks be put on hold. Many protesters have said that the government has disrespected the people and have questioned the government's sincerity to the matter. It should also be noted that the Hong Kong government did not set any prerequisites to the proposed talks and by cancelling them, many protesters have labelled the government's withdrawal as "unreasonable" and "ridiculous".
Update: 9 October 2014 at 10pm
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