Hong Kong protest founders to 'surrender', urge students to retreat

Occupy Central civil disobedience founder Tai, along with co-founders Chan and Reverend Chu, join hands during a news conference on their voluntary surrender to the police in Hong KongThe original founders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy movement tearfully announced Tuesday they would “surrender” by turning themselves in to police and urged protesters on the streets to retreat. The announcement came after hundreds of pro-democracy protesters clashed with police late Sunday, leaving dozens injured in one of the worst nights of violence since rallies began more than two months ago. “As we prepare to surrender, we three urge the students to retreat –- to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement,” said Occupy Central leader Benny Tai. “We should not consider an end to the campaign until there is a solid achievement.” Teenage protest leader Joshua Wong paid tribute to Tai and said the student groups leading the so-called ‘umbrella movement’ would discuss Occupy’s request.

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