Date
22 November 2017
More than 20 mainland tourists wear banners saying they will not shop in Hong Kong. The group was spotted in the transit area in Hong Kong airport on their way to France. Photos: Next magazine Facebook
More than 20 mainland tourists wear banners saying they will not shop in Hong Kong. The group was spotted in the transit area in Hong Kong airport on their way to France. Photos: Next magazine Facebook

HK netizens cheer mainlanders’ no-shopping banner

Hong Kong netizens are applauding a group of mainlanders who said they don’t want to cause any more misery to people affected by parallel traders from the mainland.

The 20-strong group was spotted during the weekend in the transfer area of Hong Kong airport with red banners emblazoned with the words  “Hong Kong, I don’t shop here”, according to Next magazine’s Facebook page.

They declared “over our dead bodies” that they will not buy anything in Hong Kong.

Pictures of the group have gone viral on the internet.

In recent weeks, protests have erupted against parallel traders from the mainland who have been blamed for shortages and rising prices in Hong Kong.

The group was in transit to France after arriving in Hong Kong by ferry. 

Some netizens said the gesture was meaningless as they could not buy anything in the transfer area anyway.

Still, others held them to their word.

“Keep your promise! Don’t you ever be caught buying milk powder in Hong Kong,” a commenter said.

“Good luck France,” another wrote. 

Some sarcastic posts thanked the mainlanders for using Hong Kong as a transit point.

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