2 hunger strikers end protests in HK

09-Dec-2014 Intellasia | Dispatch | 7:24 AM Print This Post

Joshua Wong, the 18-year-old who has become the face ofHong Kong’s pro-democracy student protest movement, ended a hunger strike yesterday, saying his doctor had advised him to do so as his health deteriorated.

Later, another hunger striker withdrew, leaving two students still engaged in the strike.

Efforts by the protesters to press theHong Konggovernment into talks over the election process for the city’s leader have become increasingly troubled in recent days, and public support for their actions has been waning.

Wong, a prominent leader of the demonstrations that began here more than two months ago, started the hunger strike on Monday in an attempt to pressure the local government into negotiations.

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On Tuesday, a prominent pro-democracy group declared that it was time to end the demonstrations in two parts of the city, and student leaders have said they are considering whether to abandon the protest camps.

“I feel extremely unwell. I feel dizzy, and my limbs are weak,” Wong said yesterday in a statement. “Although I have ended the hunger strike, it doesn’t mean that the government can ignore our requests.”

Another student who had joined Wong in the hunger strike ended her fast Friday night. Yesterdasy, Prince Wong Ji-yuet, a 17-year-old student, ended her hunger strike and was taken to a hospital for a checkup, according to Scholarism, the student protest group that the hunger strikers all support. Joshua Wong and Prince Wong Ji-yuet are unrelated.

The street occupations have faced increasing police pressure and internal divisions.

Hong Kong’s government, led by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, has been unwilling to offer concessions on the protesters’ demands that the city rejectChina’s plan for the elections, which would effectively allowBeijingto screen the candidates.

At the main protest camp outside the government headquarters yesterday afternoon, the number of protesters had dwindled to the low hundreds amid chilly weather.

On Thursday, protest leaders said they were discussing whether to call for a retreat from the protest sites.

Joshua Wong, who was not at the news conference where members of Scholarism announced his withdrawal, had been on the hunger strike for 108 hours.

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