A man walks at the occupied area in Causeway Bay, a shopping district of Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. ,21, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little Tuesday as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth week.Soon after Leung spoke to The Associated Press and three other news agencies, top officials from his government began much-awaited, televised talks with student leaders.Chow and four other student leaders, wearing black T-shirts that said "Freedom Now!," faced off against five senior government officials in dark suits across a U-shaped table.The officials stuck to the government line that Hong Kong's mini-constitution cannot be amended to accommodate protesters' demands, while also saying that many others don't share their views.Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, the government's No. 2 official, repeatedly chided the students for being "idealistic" rather than "pragmatic".Leung said one obstacle to resolving the conflict is a lack of consensus among the protesters as to what would end the street occupation.The nominating committee is likely to be similar to a panel that picked Leung in 2012 to be Hong Kong's leader.
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