Hong Kong student protest leaders plan Saturday trip to Beijing to try to meet Chinese leaders

Hong Kong student leaders plan to fly to Beijing Saturday to try to meet with China’s top officials to press their case for a greater say in choosing the territory’s next leader.

Eason Chung, a member of a student group that played a main role in organizing street protests that started nearly two months ago, said Friday he and two others have bought plane tickets for the trip.

If they are allowed to enter mainland China, they will go straight to China’s legislature to seek talks with Premier Li Keqiang and other officials.

Hong Kong’s government had already rebuffed their request to set up a meeting.

The protesters have been occupying streets in three spots to oppose Beijing’s decision that a panel screen candidates for the territory’s inaugural 2017 elections.

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