Clashes Erupt as Hong Kong Protest Targets Chinese Traders

Clashes Erupt as Hong Kong Protest Targets Chinese Traders

Organisers said some 30,000 black-clad protesters turned up to voice their unhappiness against parallel importers, as well as plans to amend extradition laws, although the police pegged the number at 4,000. He lives in Sheung Shui, where so-called "parallel traders" buy bulk quantities of duty-free goods to be sold in mainland China.

These would allow for suspects to be transferred from Hong Kong to other jurisdictions for prosecution, including to China, where people fear they will not get a fair trial.

Tens of thousands of protesters staged an anti-extradition march last Sunday through one of the most popular tourist shopping areas in Kowloon, where they tried to win support from mainland Chinese tourists.

The activists also want the government to drop its descriptions of the protests as "riots", to release those arrested and to move toward universal suffrage. (EPA/AAP) Protesters take part in a rally in the Sheung Shui district, in the New Territories in Hong Kong, China, 13 July 2019.

The traders are an ongoing source of contention in Hong Kong, where many say they fuel inflation, drive up property prices and dodge taxes. Hundreds of protesters stormed Hong Kong's parliament late on July 1 as the territory marked its China handover anniversary, ransacking the building and daubing its walls with graffiti as the city plunged into unprecedented depths of political chaos.

They marched to a police barricade at a protest site and bowed their heads for a moment of silence to mourn several young people who have died in the past few weeks, including a man who fell to his death after unfurling banners against the legislation - whose parents have urged young people to continue their struggle.

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

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Beijing-appointed Lam, who was not directly elected, and her government have not acted in the people's interest, he added.

"There isn't an anti-extradition protest every day to keep us going", she said.

A protester is pulled to safety after he nearly fell from a bridge during a scuffle with police pushing back protesters, in Hong Kong, Saturday, July 13, 2019.

"We have no weapons and we were peaceful", said one protester, surnamed Chan, who declined to give his full name.

"We want to raise awareness in Washington that the United States has to do more now to help Hong Kong become fully democratic", said a resident of the nearby town of Fanling, who was one of five people in the July 12 crowd carrying USA flags.

Calling on the protesters to support another scheduled agitation in Sha Tin on Sunday, Leung hoped that the Hong Kong government and district council will agree to the six demands raised by the demonstrators, including the cancelling the policy of issuing monthly visas for Shenzhen residents to come to Hong Kong.

"Didn't they promise 50 years, no change?"

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