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Low morale amongst Hong Kong protesters

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 01:26

Demonstrators at the Mong Kok protest zone say they feel disheartened as support from the public wanes. Yiming Woo reports.

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The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong is losing steam, almost two months after protests first started. Local media reports say police and bailiffs will start clearing barricades in the city centre next week. Several demonstrators tried to break into a government building early on Wednesday, an action that was opposed by many fellow protesters. (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) FOUNDER AND LEADER OF POLITICAL GROUP CIVIC PASSION, WONG YEUNG-TAT, SAYING: "Morale has been greatly affected. It's not because of the bailiffs coming to clear the place or the court injunction, but because of what happened in Admiralty a couple of nights ago. People feel if they take action, they may be betrayed by other protesters." At the same time there's dwindling public support. Many protesters say it might be time to end the action that's blocked off large parts of Hong Kong. (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 24-YEAR-OLD PROTESTER, KIN CHIANG, SAYING: "My family and my colleagues are no longer supporting the occupation, because we have been occupying for too long, and they think it affects people's daily lives. Personally, I want to apologize to the people who are affected by the occupation, but I hope people will understand we are doing it for the good of Hong Kong." The protests erupted when Beijing said only candidates it approved can run in the 2017 election for a new Hong Kong Chief Executive.

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Low morale amongst Hong Kong protesters

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 01:26