While all we hear in the Netherlands is that students don’t protest anymore, students in Hong Kong have shut down large areas there for two weeks now. Today, they have agreed to talk to the government in an attempt to improve the situation.
To University World News, students did admit that they do not think the government will give them much to work with. The students want fairer elections in Hong Kong, among other things. The student federation stated that protests will continue unless a serious breakthrough in the negotiations is reached.
The agreement about further negotiations that students have with the government has calmed the protests down significantly. The students seem to be taking a break, but they do say that if the government tries to clear the streets or fails to protect the protesters, they will stop the dialogue. Suspicion on both sides still seems big, and it is possible that the problems could last for a long time.