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Scuffles break out after Hong Kong leader vows to stay on

Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 01:31

Outcry as Hong Kong demonstrators listen to leader Leung Chun-ying as he vows to stay on. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Tension outside of the Hong Kong leader's office as thousands of protesters listen to a live broadcast of Leung Chun-ying delivering a statement. It's not what they wanted to hear. He says he will not step down and warns of serious consequences if protests persist. (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) UNIVERSITY STUDENT, MARJORIE TANG, SAYING: "He knows what the students are asking for, and what the people are asking for. One of the demands is for him to step down. But he is resolutely not resigning." As news breaks - an appeal for calm. One man defies the message, sitting down in the middle of the only road left open in to the central business district. Crowds swarmed around the Caucasian man. Others held hands to form a human chain to prevent more people from spilling onto the road. Just one incident as tens of thousands poured onto the main roads in several districts in Hong Kong, demanding full democracy when they choose a new leader in 2017. (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) STAGE ACTOR, JOHNSON TAI, SAYING: "After going through these past five or six days, you can see every time there is a clash or some scuffles, in the end, the people manage to solve it peacefully. I think this shows the best quality of the Hong Kong people" The man later left, and traffic resumed, but no one is going home just yet

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Scuffles break out after Hong Kong leader vows to stay on

Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 01:31