Date
24 November 2017
Protesters against parallel traders plan to troop en masse to the Government House, which will host an open house on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua
Protesters against parallel traders plan to troop en masse to the Government House, which will host an open house on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

Police on high alert as protests set against parallel traders

Another wave of protests against parallel traders is expected to be staged on Sunday in as many as seven districts and during the open day of the Government House in Central.

Among the areas under heightened police watch are shopping malls known to attract parallel traders in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sheung Shui, Sha Tin and Hung Hom, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Police will deploy at least 300 officers at the Government House, 200 in Tsim Sha Tsui and 500 in two other districts for the anticipated rallies. Police said extra manpower will be deployed, depending on the situation.

Some netizens have called for “flower appreciation” visits to the Government House, which, aside from its distinguished architecture, is known for its beautiful lawns. They said they would simulate the activities of parallel traders in packing goods on the streets in the government compound.

People Power executive committee member Tam Tak-chi said there were plans to send 20 to 30 people to hold up yellow umbrellas and distribute Lunar New Year couplets with the message “I want genuine universal suffrage” at the Government House.

Ray Wong of Hong Kong Indigenous, which helped organize the first of the series of protests against parallel traders, said during a radio interview that his group will not organize any mass action on Sunday, but noted that he will be joining the “flower appreciation” visit to the Government House himself.

Wong accused the government of failing to address the problems facing Hong Kong people, forcing the young generation to resort to more aggressive ways to fight for their rights.

Wong Yeung-tat of the radical group Civic Passion said he had no plans to visit the Government House on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a Facebook user called on people to join protests against parallel traders in Sheung Shui, Yuen Long, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun and Sha Tin on Sunday.

The post did not give the exact location of the assemblies but said they would start at 3 a.m. At least 30 people have signified their intention to join the protests.

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