Protesters and students pledge to continue their occupation of key Hong Kong business districts after the government called off talks. Jennifer Davis reports.
Thousands of protesters regroup in central Hong Kong and they're vowing to continue their occupation after the government rejected of talks with students amid a two-week standoff that has shaken communist China's capitalist hub. (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) OCCUPY CENTRAL WITH LOVE AND PEACE CO-FOUNDER BENNY TAI, SAYING: "I will keep staying here with you all to demand universal suffrage!" Protesters are encouraging citizens to join them and scores have arrived with tents, suggesting they are committed for the long haul, even though police have called for obstacles to be removed from blocking major roads. (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) SCHOLARISM CO-FOUNDER JOSHUA WONG, SAYING: "As the government has put a halt to the dialogue, we must keep staying out here on the streets. I ask everyone to bring your tents and sleeping bags here to occupy Harcourt Road overnight!" Protest numbers have dwindled to just a few hundred people at various sites, but activists have managed to keep up blockades of some major roads, frustrating some residents. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 20 YEAR-OLD UNIVERSITY STUDENT AND PROTESTER, KELVIN KWAK, SAYING: "This demonstration movement will go on and on, until the (government) officials will start to have a conversation with the student leaders, and give the solution to the political problems in Hong Kong nowadays." Many are expecting crowds to swell over the weekend in response to the government's stand.