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    Hong Kong student groups have announced that they were considering retreat since they failed to win public support and did not achieve their goal of forcing the Chinese government to abolish its Hong Kong 2017 election policies.

    MOSCOW, December 4 (Sputnik) – Hong Kong student protesters have announced that they were mulling over retreat since they failed to achieve their goal of forcing the Chinese authorities to reconsider its policy of vetting the city's leadership candidates.

    "The protesters have few options left after rallying supporters in a failed bid earlier this week to surround government headquarters that resulted in a night of violent clashes with police armed with batons and pepper spray. Public support for the protesters has fallen as the government has stuck to its apparent strategy of waiting them out," the Associated Press reported.

    The Hong Kong Federation of Students, and Scholarism, another student protest group, underscored that they would decide whether to halt the movement during the next week.

    "Some people wish to stay until the last minute and we respect that — but we cannot occupy without meaning. We will decide within the next week whether to stay or retreat," Yvonne Leung, the Federation of Student's spokeswoman, told local radio, as cited by Reuters.

    The Federation and Scholarism are two of several protest groups, which have participated in the Hong Kong protest movement lasting over two months. The leaders of the anti-government "Occupy Central" movement, which capitulated on Wednesday, December 3, called upon student groups to finish the campaign.

    However, Joshua Wong, 18, the leader of the Scholarism group, along with four other members of his team have started a hunger strike this week aimed at forcing the government to continue negotiations over the students' demands.

    China's authorities have repeatedly denounced the protest movement as illegal and unreasonable. The Wall Street Journal stresses that "rising violence at the sites has further eroded fading public support" of the Occupy Central campaign. "Expressing views on constitutional reform through illegal and confrontational means is bound to be futile. We hope the students who are undergoing hunger strike could take good care of their health," Hong Kong's chief executive's office stated on December 3, as cited by the media source.

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