Publicado: Sol, Julio 14, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Hong Kong protests target Chinese traders

Hong Kong protests target Chinese traders

Clashes broke out between police and protesters at the end of a several-thousand-strong march in Hong Kong on Saturday.

The protest started out peacefully, but devolved into skirmishes with police.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Hong Kong police pepper spray protesters at the Chinese border".

Mainland traders have always been a source of anger among those in Hong Kong who say they have fueled inflation, driven up property prices, dodged taxes and diluted the town's identity.

"Our lovely town has become chaos", said Ryan Lai, 50, a local resident.

The tensions are due to goods shortages caused by traders from the mainland buying household items in bulk to take back across the border.

They said they aren't against the travel and buying, but want it to be orderly and legal.

But not everyone is convinced, with activists asserting that Lam did not go far enough to address public demands, and that the bill is still technically in motion within Hong Kong's legislative procedure.

"The police also discovered that some had planned and distributed helmets, eye masks on a large scale near the Sheung Shui MTR station".

It is another example of what Hong Kong citizens see as bowing to Beijing, saw a backlash in the form of violent street protests.

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"The Chinese government sternly supports Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the administration's continued effective ruling of Hong Kong in accordance with law", Wang said, adding that it also "supports the police in enforcing the law, maintaining social order and protecting safety of the people".

The anti-extradition demonstrations over the past month seem to have reawakened other movements in Hong Kong.

Most protests have centred on the central business district, but demonstrators have recently begun to look elsewhere to widen support by taking up narrower, more domestic issues.

The extradition bill that sparked weeks of protests in Hong Kong is "dead", according to the territory's leader Carrie Lam, who admitted the way her government had handled it was a "total failure". Many street-level shops were shuttered ahead of the march.

(EPA/AAP) Protesters take part in a rally in the Sheung Shui district, in the New Territories in Hong Kong, China, 13 July 2019.

He said Hong Kong people must be allowed to vote for their leader.

Lam suspended the legislation indefinitely after protesters blocked the legislature on June 12, preventing the Legislative Council from meeting to debate the extradition bill.

"If political problems are not solved, social well-being issues will continue to emerge endlessly".

Last Saturday, almost 2,000 people marched in the residential district of Tuen Mun to protest against middle-aged mainland women they accused of brashly singing and dancing to pop songs in Mandarin, which many locals considered a nuisance.

But many say China has progressively tightened its grip, putting Hong Kong's freedoms under threat through a range of measures such as the extradition bill.

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