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Chief Executive calls for calm as protest continues in Hong Kong
Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:00 PM, Agencies

Even as Thousands of anti-government protesters continued their occupation of several major districts in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning, Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung Tuesday urged the people to end the on-going protest over the issue of Hong Kong's constitutional development.

Hong Kong Protest

Protests have been taking place in various parts of Hong Kong, occupying some of the main roads, Xinhua reported.

The protestors called for withdrawal of the decision on Hong Kong's constitutional development made Aug 31 by the National People's Congress Standing Committee.

Speaking ahead of the Executive Council meeting, Leung said: "The movement has been affecting people's daily lives."

"Some major roads were blocked by the protestors and that has disrupted emergency fire and ambulance services over the past few days," he said.

Leung expected the protest to last for quite a long time, which will impact the city's economic development and its international reputation.

He reiterated that the government respected the people's rights to express their views, and hoped that they would also respect the rights of road users.

Meanwhile, thousands of anti-government protesters continued their occupation of several major districts in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning after police withdrew from some areas and refrained from further use of tear gas and pepper spray.

Overnight, the protesters - many of them university and high school students - sat in small groups dispersed across eight-lane thoroughfares singing songs, listening to speeches, and playing cards, Anadolu Agency reported.

They are demanding that Beijing loosen its control over the territory, an international financial center that was a British colony from 1842 to 1997. They want genuine universal suffrage for the 2017 election of the city's leader, in accordance with an earlier promise from Beijing.

The occupation started late Friday, after students had boycotted classes for a week in an effort to pressure Beijing into concessions. Protesters, many of whom dressed in black – the traditional color of anti-government protests in the city – numbered around 50,000 at their peak Saturday, according to organizers.

"Hong Kong is becoming more like China," Priscilla Cheung, a 23-year-old waitress at an Italian restaurant who came to the protest with her boyfriend, told the Anadolu Agency. "China controls our media more and more. We are losing our freedoms."

In the stillness of 3 a.m. Tuesday (10 p.m. Monday Turkish local time), while many of her fellow protesters slept, Cheung described the quietness to AA as eerie.

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