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Hong Kong protest leader says block government, not roads
Benny Tai, one of the three founders of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement, said the movement has now run its course and warned that protesters now risk further violent clashes with police if they stay in their camps. "The occupation has won over as many Hong Kongers as it ever will, and we should consider new ways to convince the public that fighting for full democracy is in their interest." Campaigners have camped out on Hong Kong's streets for more than two months to demand fully free elections for the southern Chinese city's leadership. The rallies drew tens of thousands at their height, but numbers have dwindled as public support for the movement has waned and dozens have been injured in clashes with police as authorities have tried to clear the camps. So far one of three camps established by the movement has been dismantled, and Hong Kong authorities are gearing up for more clearances next week. Some scholars held signs saying "I want true universal suffrage" and held yellow umbrellas, a symbol of the democracy movement. Tai and two other founding fathers of the movement - Chan Kin-man and Chu Yiu-ming - handed themselves in to police on Wednesday in a symbolic move to end the occupation, but the different groups behind the movement remain split on how to proceed. A prominent leader from the Hong Kong Federation of Students, the group which led the mass rallies, said Thursday that students would decide "Within a week" whether to leave the two remaining camps.

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