Date
12 December 2017
Sasa and hundreds of shops are taking part in a week-long sale that overlaps a planned July 1 protest march. Photo: HKEJ
Sasa and hundreds of shops are taking part in a week-long sale that overlaps a planned July 1 protest march. Photo: HKEJ

Rights group rips planned sale around handover date

A civil rights group is criticizing a plan by Hong Kong retailers to hold a week-long sale from June 26, saying it’s an attempt to distract people from a planned July 1 rally.

More than 1,000 shops will offer discounts during the sale to celebrate the handover anniversary and boost consumption, the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce said on its website.

Johnson Yeung Ching-yin, convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, said the event is timed to overlap the July 1 march to get people into shops and prevent them from taking to the streets.

However, he said the sale will not affect this year’s turnout, Headline Daily reported Wednesday. 

Among the sale participants are Broadway, Sa Sa International Holdings Ltd. (00178.HK), Pier 88 restaurant and Chinese medicine retailer Pak Shing Tong. Further details will be announced on Monday.

Tommy Li Ying-sang, chairman of the liaison committee of the chamber, denied the sale is politically motivated.

Chairman Charles Yeung said the scheme is aimed at boosting retail and tourism after a drop in consumption in April, the report said.

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