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Live blog: HK protesters call off talks after violence

After clashes with anti-Occupy demonstratos in the streets of Hong Kong on Friday, the Hong Kong Federation of Students has cancelled its scheduled talk with chief secretary Carrie Lam.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying defied pro-democracy protesters' demands to resign on Thursday, but had agreed to hold talks with activists in a bid to defuse tensions. The embattled leader made the announcement in front of thousands of people who gathered in front of his office, minutes before the ultimatum for him to quit expired.

Unrest broke out in the Mong Kok area following the news, Reuters reported, as around 1,000 Beijing supporters clashed with protesters. There were also scuffles in the Causeway Bay luxury shopping area.

Demonstrations are now into their eighth day, and Hong Kong's benchmark index snapped a four-session losing streak when it re-opened on Friday following two days of public holidays.

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