About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock. Others continued to occupy main streets in the Chinese-controlled city, where they have camped for nearly a month in protest against a central government plan that would give Hong Kong people the chance to vote for their own leader in 2017 but tightly restrict the candidates to Beijing loyalists.
The government has labelled the protesters' actions illegal and repeatedly said their demand for open nominations is impossible under the laws of the former British colony. Demonstrators marching to the home of Leung Chun-ying repeated calls for him to step down. "I'm here hoping the government will listen. If they don't listen we will come out again and again to fight for our basic, grassroots nomination right," said protester Wing Chan, who took part in the march. Expectations had been low for a breakthrough in Tuesday's cordial, televised talks which pitted five of the city's most senior officials against five tenacious but poised student leaders wearing black T-shirts.
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