The Hong Kong Federation of Students will send three of its leaders to Beijing tomorrow to seek talks with Chinese officials after seven weeks of pro-democracy protests failed to win electoral concessions for the city.
The federation wants China to reverse a decision to vet candidates for Hong Kong’s chief executive election in 2017, the group said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. Secretary General Alex Chow will be accompanied on the trip by standing committee members Eason Chung and Nathan Law, it said.
The protest movement that has occupied Hong Kong’s streets in main commercial districts since September is losing momentum amid dissent among its leaders and dwindling crowds. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam has ruled out more talks with the students, and the city’s High Court this week upheld injunctions for the removal of barriers at some demonstration sites.
“Some pro-democracy supporters were detained, sent back recently” when they traveled to China, the student federation said. “We, a few powerless students from Hong Kong in the face of a great political regime, still won’t back down.”
Beijing won’t make any concessions and the students will probably be sent back to Hong Kong, Ming Pao newspaper reported today, citing an unidentified person familiar with Beijing’s plans.
Hong Kong’s court will hear an appeal by protesters against the injunction decision in Mong Kok, one of the three protest sites, this afternoon.