Oct 26, 2014 4:55 AM
Hong Kong protesters scrap vote on their next step
The Associated Press
HONG KONG (AP) The organizers of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Sunday canceled a vote on what the next step should be in their monthlong street occupation, saying they hadn't properly consulted with the public before calling the referendum.
The two-day vote, which had been scheduled for Sunday and Monday, was supposed to have asked the protesters about counterproposals to an offer made by Hong Kong's government following last week's talks between student protest leaders and authorities.
The government offered to submit a report to Beijing noting the protesters' unhappiness with a decision to have an appointed committee screen candidates for the semiautonomous city's leader, known as the chief executive. Protesters are demanding open nominations for chief executive in the city's inaugural direct election, promised for 2017.
"We admit that we did not have enough discussion with the people before deciding to go ahead with the vote and we apologize to the people," the organizers said in a statement.
Two student groups the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism and the activist group Occupy Central With Peace and Love had called for the referendum Friday.