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Hong Kong activists mull Beijing visit during APEC

Posted at 4:32 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 16:32:00-04

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong student protest leaders are considering visiting Beijing while it hosts a major Asian summit next week to press their demands for greater democratic reforms.

Student leader Alex Chow said at a rally late Thursday that protest organizers would discuss the idea of trying to talk to Chinese officials during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum that begins Nov. 5.

Chow said it's unclear whether protest leaders would even be allowed to make it past mainland Chinese border checkpoints.

Protesters are in a standoff with the government over Beijing's proposed curbs on the inaugural election of the city's leader.

The protesters have been occupying major streets in three districts around Hong Kong for five weeks to press their demands but there's no end in sight to the impasse.

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