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Hong Kong Protesters Petition President

Pro-democracy student protesters in Hong Kong addressed an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, calling on him to consider political reforms in the city and naming the demonstrations on Hong Kong’s unpopular leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying . Meanwhile thousands of protesters showed up on Saturday again to continue demanding greater say for voters in choosing a new city leader in 2017. “Students walked out of classes and are occupying different places now because Leung and others have repeatedly ignored what the people want,” the letter read. “If the central government is condfident, it should not be afraid to let Hong Kong people elect their own chief executive.” On Friday, Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang said he was confident that the city’s government can preserve “social stability” but emphasized that Beijing would not be changing its “one country, two systems” approach anytime soon.