A picture of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is hanged on a pole next to some barricades on a main road in the occupied areas at Causeway Bay district in Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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Hong Kong's democracy protest leaders implored supporters Friday to bring tents and dig in for the long haul, threatening to expand their occupation of key parts of the city after talks with the government collapsed.Crunch negotiations between protesters and Beijing-backed city officials were slated for Friday, but fell apart Thursday after the government pulled out, blaming student leaders for attempting to escalate demonstrations. Student leaders Friday blamed the government for pulling out of talks, and insisted they were still open to finding a middle ground.At the main protest site Friday afternoon only a few hundred could be seen.But the movement's leaders are banking on both mustering significant numbers over the weekend and potentially expanding their sit-ins to keep pressure on the government. Analysts Friday warned that the collapse of the talks pushes the confrontation between democracy protesters and the government into a dangerous phase, with neither side willing to back down.
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