Survey Shows Half of Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Protesters Ready to Retreat

TIME

Half of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters would clear the streets if asked by the student leaders, according to an informal survey of more than 2,000 participants over the weekend.

The poll was conducted by 20 protesters and volunteers and showed a near-even split between the 2,183 protesters surveyed, the South China Morning Post reports. While 958 responders said they would retreat if directed by the protest leaders, 963 said they would ignore such a request and continue occupying the streets; 262 were undecided.

The movement is ongoing 53 days after tens of thousands of Hong Kongers first flooded the streets demanding the right to freely elect their own chief executive, the city’s political leader. They consider the Chinese government’s announcement that any candidates for the 2017 election would have to be first screened by a committee curated by Beijing as a betrayal of earlier promises.

However, calls for the remaining…

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