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Government response to HKFS' statement
HK Government, 5-Oct-2014
Comment: the government-speak of "initial contact" and "working-level preparation" sounds like foot-dragging. The "hopes" expressed by Government as to reopening carriageways are not pre-conditions to talks, and the protesters would be strategically crazy to give ground in Admiralty now - it would amount to a "surrender-then-negotiate" strategy, but they could maintain public goodwill by allowing our overpaid civil servants and political appointees to get to their offices on Monday and withdrawing from flashpoints in Mongkok and Causeway Bay, as the leaders have been attempting to do.