Date
22 September 2017
Shops and taxi drivers expect revenue to return to normal after the clearance of protest areas in Mong Kok. Photo: RTHK
Shops and taxi drivers expect revenue to return to normal after the clearance of protest areas in Mong Kok. Photo: RTHK

Shops, taxi drivers welcome traffic resumption in Nathan Road

Businessmen and taxi drivers are happy to see their business gradually recovering after traffic along Nathan Road began flowing again, RTHK reported Wednesday.

The owner of a drugstore was quoted as saying business had slumped nearly 40 percent since the Occupy protests started blocking traffic in late September.

“We can see that business is coming back after barricades on the road were removed this afternoon,” he said.

Police cleared barricades and tents erected by pro-democracy protesters along a 500-metre stretch of Nathan Road.

A taxi driver said he expected business to pick up after the road reopened, the report said.

However, Stanley Lau Chin-Ho, chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, was less upbeat.

“We don’t know if protesters will escalate their protest, and it will take one or two weeks for order to be restored in Mong Kok,” Lau said.

Only then will citizens and tourists feel “comfortable enough” to return to the area to shop, he said.

Businesses in the area have suffered a 30 percent drop in their revenue during the protests, Lau said.

He said their losses may even increase if Mong Kok does not return to its normal state within two weeks, by which time the Christmas shopping season is likely to kick in.

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