Date
25 November 2017
Pro-government groups march from Central to Admiralty on Sunday to protest against hostility toward mainland tourists. Photo: Reuters
Pro-government groups march from Central to Admiralty on Sunday to protest against hostility toward mainland tourists. Photo: Reuters

Pro-government groups hit back at anti-parallel trade protesters

Pro-government groups staged demonstrations on Sunday against radical political organizations that resort to violence during anti-parallel trade protests.

About 100 people joined the march from Chater Garden in Central to the government headquarters in Admiralty, Metro Daily reported.

They condemned Civic Passion leader Wong Yeung-tat for stirring up anti-mainland sentiment and allowing his followers to attack innocent bystanders and elderly people during their protests.

During the program, the demonstrators held a symbolic eating of hotdogs, a Chinese nickname given to Yeung’s followers.

Financial Secretary John Tsang said the anti-parallel trade protesters were acting like mobsters, and their violent behavior has definitely crossed the line.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said the violent actions by some of the protesters should be condemned by society.

Meanwhile, a group of pro-establishment organizations led by Voice of Loving Hong Kong staged another demonstration in Tsim Sha Tsui to assail those who are against mainland tourists.

They said most of the parallel traders are local people, and that it is unreasonable to suggest that mainland tourists should not be welcomed because they drive up prices.

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