Pro-democracy protesters open their umbrellas to mark one month since they took to the streets, in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Philippe Lopez
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Hong Kong democracy activists Tuesday marked one month of mass protests as student leaders said they would consider asking senior Chinese Communist party officials to meet them directly, the first time such a request has been made.Thousands gathered for an evening rally at the main protest camp, unfurling umbrellas to mark the moment a month ago when police fired tear gas at largely peaceful crowds -- kickstarting the most concerted challenge to Beijing since the bloody 1989 Tiananmen protests. Tentative talks between the government and student leaders last week made little headway.It is the first time students have officially broadcast the idea of going to straight to Beijing to negotiate.Their request echoes the Tiananmen protests when student leaders eventually met with then-premier Li Peng for what turned out to be fruitless talks. Tuesday's rally opposite the city's government headquarters started with an 87-second silence at 5:57 p.m.
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