Hong Kong Protests Pause as Students Talk to Government

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Pro-democracy protesters sit and watch the talks between student leaders and government officials as they are screened at the Mong Kok protest site on October 21, 2014 in Hong Kong.Chris McGrath / Getty Images

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Wearing matching black T-shirts bearing the slogan "Freedom Now!", five students sat down with representatives of Hong Kong's government Tuesday for talks aimed at defusing a month-long political crisis.

Thousands of people jammed around large screens set up at a tent-strewn protest site to watch the dialogue, with periodic cheering during the opening remarks by student leader Alex Chow and jeering when Chief Secretary Carrie Lam spoke. The students urged the government to build trust by putting forward a "realistic and feasible" road map for democratic development. "The Hong Kong government is in the best position to get the people of Hong Kong to go home," said Chow.

Leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students face Hong Kong government representatives before commencing their long-awaited talks to formally discuss demands raised by protesters on October 21, 2014.PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP - Getty Images

- Reuters contributed to this report