Published: Sun, July 14, 2019

Hong Kong protests target cross-border trading

Hong Kong protests target cross-border trading

Clashes broke out between police and Hong Kong demonstrators Saturday as the latest anti-government protests took aim at traders coming across the border from mainland China.

They marched to a police barricade at a protest site and bowed their heads for a moment of silence to mourn several young people who have died in the past few weeks, including a man who fell to his death after unfurling banners against the legislation - whose parents have urged young people to continue their struggle.

"Any members of the public who are not involved in the protest should leave peacefully and should not engage in any illegal activities", Senior Superintendent Kong Wing-cheung from the Police Public Relations Branch, said in a video uploaded on the police's official Facebook page. He lives in Sheung Shui, where so-called "parallel traders" buy bulk quantities of duty-free goods to be sold in mainland China.

"We don't want to stop travel and buying, but please, just make it orderly and legal".

This is a provocative move by the Hong Kong protest movement that, among other things, aims to have Chinese tourists record the protests and disseminate the evidence inside China.

The protest in Sheung Shui was the latest in a string of demonstrations that have roiled the former British colony for more than a month, fuelling its biggest political crisis since China regained control of the territory in 1997.

Tens of thousands of protesters staged an anti-extradition march the next day through one of the most popular tourist shopping areas in Kowloon, where they tried to win support from mainland Chinese tourists.


"There are still lingering doubts about the government's sincerities or worries over whether the government will restart the [extradition bill] process in the legislative council".

When Britain returned Hong Kong to China 22 years ago, Chinese Communist leaders promised the city a high degree of autonomy for 50 years. "They want to come out and express their concern about the problem of cross-border traders in this area, which will never be solved".

"When we saw them taking photos of us in the crowd we had to react."

Hong Kong's lack of full democracy was behind the recent unrest, said Jimmy Sham of the Civil Human Rights Front, which organized protests against the extradition bill.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Hong Kong police pepper spray protesters at the Chinese border".

A small group of protesters paraded Friday around Hong Kong government headquarters with a mock coffin of city leader Carrie Lam, as activists announced more protests. Thousands marched last weekend against middle-aged mainland women who sing loudly and dance somewhat provocatively in a public park.

Anti-extradition bill protesters march at Sha Tin District of East New Territories, Hong Kong, China July 14, 2019.

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