Thousands of protesters march in Hong Kong, taking aim at Chinese traders

Thousands of protesters march in Hong Kong, taking aim at Chinese traders
Thousands of protesters march in Hong Kong, taking aim at Chinese traders

Hello and welcome to the details of Thousands of protesters march in Hong Kong, taking aim at Chinese traders and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Anti-government protesters take part at a lunchtime protest outside HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong, China January 2, 2020. — Reuters pic

HONG KONG, Jan 5 — Over a thousand protesters in Hong Kong gathered in a town near the border today, seeking to keep up pressure on the government to give in to their demands for greater democracy.

The demonstrators in Sheung Shui vented their anger at so-called “parallel traders” from China who buy vast amounts of duty free goods in Hong Kong and take them back to the mainland to sell at a profit.

Locals say it pushes up prices and adds to growing tensions between Hong Kong residents and mainland Chinese.

Today’s protests follow a march in central Hong Kong of at least tens of thousands on New Year’s Day and an escalation in clashes with the police over the festive period.

The marchers, including families with children, shouted slogans such as “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our times!” and “Patriots use China-made products, don’t parallel trade!”

Police maintained a visible presence, with patrols in riot gear standing by at the town’s train station and in several areas along the planned route of the march, which had received a police permit to proceed.

Many shops were closed.

“The mainland Chinese come here, block the streets with their bags ... rents have gone up and it has made things more expensive for Hong Kongers,” said Jasmin, a 19-year old student dressed all in black, who only gave her first name.

“I want the government to know that too many of them are coming over here.”

Anti-government protests in Hong Kong escalated in June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill, but have since developed into a broader movement, with demands including universal suffrage and an independent inquiry against alleged police brutality.

The police maintain they have been reactive and restrained.

Many people in Hong Kong are angered by Beijing’s tight grip on the city which was promised a high degree of autonomy under this framework when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Beijing denies interference and blames the West for fomenting the unrest.

The protest movement is supported by 59 per cent of the city’s residents polled in a survey conducted for Reuters by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute.

In a Saturday statement, China’s ministry of human resources and social security said the head of its Hong Kong Liaison Office, the most senior mainland political official based in the Chinese-controlled territory, had been replaced.

Wang Zhimin, who had held the post since 2017, had been replaced by Luo Huining, who until November was the top communist party official in the northern province of Shanxi.

Reuters reported exclusively in November that Beijing was considering potential replacements for Wang, in a sign of dissatisfaction with the Liaison Office’s handling of the crisis, the worst since the city reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997. — Reuters

These were the details of the news Thousands of protesters march in Hong Kong, taking aim at Chinese traders for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV France’s Macron announces aid conference for Lebanon
NEXT British MP Craig Whittaker accused of racism after blaming Muslims and minorities for new coronavirus lockdown