Hong Kong protest leaders have called off talks with the government following what they said were “organised attacks” on their supporters.
The Hong Kong Federation of Students made the announcement to boycott the talks aimed at ending week-old demonstrations after crowds descended on two of their camps on Friday, tearing down their tents and barricades. Student leaders said the attacks were orchestrated by paid people from “triad” criminal gangs.
“There is no other option but to call off talks,” the students said in a statement.
“Everybody saw what happened today,” they added. “The government and police turned a blind eye to violent acts by the triads targeting peaceful Occupy protesters.”