Demonstrators hold umbrellas and illuminated smartphone flashlights during a financial workers’ protest at Chater Garden in the Central district of Hong Kong last week. For Anna Lee, shopping in Hong Kong isn't the carefree experience it used to be. The 21-year-old student from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen used to travel over the border every fortnight to buy everything from cosmetics to branded clothing. This summer, she's gone only once "because my classmate begged me to." She was afraid of encountering the protests that have convulsed Hong Kong for more than a month. Lee's anxiety is a worrying sign for the consumer brands and luxury retailers that have come to depend on Hong Kong as a top destination for millions of shoppers from the Chinese mainland every year. What began as a protest over a contentious law has become a movement against China's grip over the former British colony. Demonstrations have spread throughout Hong Kong, with key shopping areas blocked by … [Read more...] about Protests in Hong Kong biting into retail sales
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This story is being published for POLITICO as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post. It originally appeared on scmp.com on July 24, 2019. It is a prospect dreaded by many in Hong Kong, but debate is growing in mainland China about whether the central government should end weeks of upheaval in the city by sending in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).Story Continued Below The PLA has had a presence in Hong Kong since the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty but — unlike in mainland China – memories of the military’s bloody suppression of pro-democracy students and activists in Beijing in 1989 are still strong in the city three decades on. Still, images of protesters vandalizing Beijing’s liaison office in downtown Hong Kong on Sunday have fanned nationalist anger across the mainland, prompting calls for PLA intervention. Concerns only deepened on Wednesday when defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian commented on the recent … [Read more...] about Will China send in troops to stamp out protests in Hong Kong?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Asia Pacific | Mob Beats Antigovernment Protesters in Hong Kong Advertisement Supported by ByMike Ives July 21, 2019 阅读简体中文版 閱讀繁體中文版 HONG KONG — The Hong Kong police fired rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets on Sunday to disperse protesters after some of them vandalized the Chinese government’s liaison office in the city, a direct challenge to Beijing’s authority after a peaceful protest earlier in the day. In a separate clash, footage from a local television station showed, masked men, dressed in white and wielding sticks, assaulted antigovernment protesters in a train station late Sunday night in northwestern Hong Kong. The unrest spiraled out of a march that called for an … [Read more...] about Mob Beats Antigovernment Protesters in Hong Kong
By Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press Monday, July 1, 2019 | 7:50 a.m. HONG KONG — A group of protesters in Hong Kong took over the legislature's main building Friday night, tearing down portraits of legislative leaders and spray-painting pro-democracy slogans on the walls of the main chamber. The sharp escalation in tactics came on the anniversary of the former British colony's return to China, a city holiday, and reflected mounting frustration with Hong Kong's leader for not responding to protesters' demands after several weeks of demonstrations. The protesters whacked away at thick glass windows until they shattered and broke and pried open steel security gates and propped them open with barricades to get inside. Police in riot gear retreated as the protesters entered about 9 p.m., avoiding a confrontation and giving them the run of the building. They stood on lawmakers' desks in the main legislative chamber, painted over the territory's emblem high up on a wooden wall and wrote … [Read more...] about Protesters in Hong Kong break into legislature, paint logos
Yanan Wang, Associated Press Updated 4:22 am PDT, Monday, June 10, 2019 Protesters rallying against the proposed amendments to extradition law at the Legislative Council, react with police officers in Hong Kong during the early hours of Monday, June 10, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concerns that this legislation would undermine the city's independent judicial system as it allows Hong Kong to hand over fugitives to the jurisdictions that the city doesn't currently have an extradition agreement with, including mainland China, where a fair trial might not be guaranteed. less Protesters rallying against the proposed amendments to extradition law at the Legislative Council, react with police officers in Hong Kong during the early hours of Monday, June 10, 2019. The extradition law ... more Photo: Kin CHeung, AP … [Read more...] about Q&A: Why hundreds of thousands protested in Hong Kong