Oct 5, 2014 6:27 AM
HK protesters agree to remove some barricades
The Associated Press
HONG KONG (AP) Students occupying the area outside Hong Kong's government headquarters have agreed to remove some barricades that have blocked the building's entrance during the weeklong pro-democracy protests.
Television footage from the scene showed a protest representative shaking hands with a police officer.
It was not immediately clear whether all the students had decided to withdraw from the scene. The move appeared to be part of a strategy to regroup in another part of town.
Tens of thousands of people have been protesting China's restrictions on the first-ever direct election for the city's top leader, promised for 2017.
Hong Kong's current leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, appeared on television Saturday evening to once again urge everyone to go home, saying key roads paralyzed by protesters needed to return to normal by Monday.