In the latest of a string of protests targeting mainland Chinese shoppers in Hong Kong, a group of around 400 people clashed with police yesterday, ending with three of the protesters being taken into custody.
According to Shanghai Daily, the demonstration was staged by Hong Kong residents angry at the influx of traders they say are disrupting their daily lives and overwhelming public transport.
After first marching through the suburban district of Yuen Long, where numerous pharmacies sell baby formula and other necessities to the cross-border traders, the protesters then blocked the area’s main road and stopped traffic.
Scuffles broke out after local residents, opposed to the disruption, began to taunt the demonstrators. Police broke out the pepper spray and carried away a number of the protesters.
The demonstrations come even as the number of Chinese tourists visiting Hong Kong over Chinese New Year fell for the first time in 20 years. Chief Executive CY Leung announced last week that the territory will not be expanding its Individual Visit Scheme for mainland tourists and may be seeking to tighten up the current system.
Watch the Hong Kong police pepper spray protesters
This protester doesn’t fare well during the brawl
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