Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement dies down as protest leaders agree to hold talks with the government. Yiming Woo reports.
Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators dwindle to just a few hundred. Over the past week, tens of thousands called for the city's leader to quit. They also demanded the right for a free vote in the next leadership election. Talks between protesters and the government have gone nowhere, disappointing some residents. (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 60-YEAR-OLD OFFICE WORKER, MR. KO, SAYING: "I think the students are doing the right thing sticking up for democracy. To be honest, I am so disappointed with the government." On Tuesday night, the protests' student leaders met officials, including Chief Secretary Carrie Lam. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF STUDENTS, LESTER SHUM, SAYING: "We sincerely hope that, or urge Carrie Lam to face this political problem directly in a political dialogue on Friday. If Miss Carrie Lam or other Hong Kong officials still insist that they will not respond or they will not try to solve the political problem we may consider to end the political dialogue." More than a week of demonstrations and road blocks have drawn opposition from pro-government supporters. Before Tuesday night's talks, dozens opposing the democracy movement were driven out of the protesters' main camp. Demonstrators now wait for Friday's talks with the government, though it's unclear how middle ground can be found.