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Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong to vote on government talks offer or staying in streets

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HONG KONG — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps.

PHOTO: Police officers sit next to a placard reads "Hong Kong and Taiwan share with one heart through thick and thin" at the occupied area in Central of Hong Kong Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. As thousands of protesters block city streets demanding democratic reforms, the future of Hong Kong's exclusive — some would say purposefully opaque — election committee may prove key to defusing a high-stakes political standoff that has dragged on for nearly a month. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Police officers sit next to a placard reads "Hong Kong and Taiwan share with one heart through thick and thin" at the occupied area in Central of Hong Kong Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. As thousands of protesters block city streets demanding democratic reforms, the future of Hong Kong's exclusive — some would say purposefully opaque — election committee may prove key to defusing a high-stakes political standoff that has dragged on for nearly a month. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The three main groups behind the demonstrations say they would register public opinion at the main downtown protest site, where thousands remain camped out.

Hong Kong's government has offered to submit a report to the central government noting the protesters' unhappiness with a Beijing-dictated plan to have a 1,200-person committee pick candidates for the city's top leader in 2017 elections. Officials have also offered to hold regular dialogue with protesters about democratic reforms.

The Hong Kong Federation of Students is one of the main organizers behind the nearly monthlong protests and has already rejected the government offer.

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