MOSCOW, September 29 (RIA Novosti) - The Hong Kong government said Monday that it had pulled back riot police from deployment in major demonstrations around the city.
"As those people gathering on these roads have generally calmed down, the police have stood down the anti-riot deployment," a statement published on the Hong Kong government's website reads.
The statement also called for protesters to "disperse peacefully" and urged those blocking the city's roads to "allow the passage of emergency vehicles and the partial resumption of public transport services."
Thousands of people have gathered on the streets of Hong Kong to take part in the Occupy Central with Love and Peace protests that began on September 27. The demonstrators oppose the Chinese government's plans to control the 2017 Hong Kong Chief Executive elections.