Hong Kong government, democracy protest leaders begin talks

Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protest leaders sat down on Tuesday for talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed the city`s streets, on the same day the city`s leader ruled out democratic reforms.

AFP| Updated: Oct 21, 2014, 16:50 PM IST

Hong Kong: Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protest leaders sat down on Tuesday for talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed the city`s streets, on the same day the city`s leader ruled out democratic reforms.

The crucial talks began just hours after Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying said open elections would result in the largest sector of society -- the city`s poor -- dominating the electoral process, adding that free elections were impossible.