Date
22 November 2017
Masked protesters march inside VCity shopping mall in Tuen Mun (left). Others block a bus bound for the border control point. Photos: Soc Rec
Masked protesters march inside VCity shopping mall in Tuen Mun (left). Others block a bus bound for the border control point. Photos: Soc Rec

Six arrested in protests against mainland parallel traders

Six people were arrested after protests against Chinese parallel traders broke out in various parts of Hong Kong on Sunday.

Clashes erupted between the police and dozens of protesters who descended on Sheung Shui and Tuen Mun — both border districts — and the main shopping hub of Tsim Sha Tsui, Apple Daily reported Monday.

Many shops in Tuen Mun, mainly drugstores and jewelry outlets, were forced to close, the report said.

Protesters were seen blocking bus routes to the border control points. Many shouted down mainland tourists and kicked their luggage.

Some locals mistaken for mainlanders were harassed.

Police said the protesters had no permit and threatened other people with their aggressive tactics.

Dozens of drugstores in Sheung Shui had shuttered their doors and windows when protesters began to assemble at the railway station at around 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The demonstrators left two hours later after facing off with hundreds of police officers.

They moved to Tuen Mun where they protested outside shopping malls and drugstores before going to the border control checkpoint near Shenzhen Bay, the report said.  

Police moved in and made several arrests.

By 9 p.m., several dozen protesters had made their way to Tsim Sha Tsui, targeting Harbour City.

A witness, surnamed Chan, said she supports the protesters’ right to be heard but disagrees with their method.

Pro-establishment legislator Michael Tien said the protests could have been instigated by forces with a hidden agenda.

He said these could be an attempt to solicit support for “radical pan-democrats” in the upcoming district elections.

Tien urged the government to move quickly on parallel trading before the situation spirals out of control.

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