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Thousands join Hong Kong protest against Chinese traders

Thousands join Hong Kong protest against Chinese traders

Protesters in Hong Kong clash with police, as demonstrations continue in the Chinese territory.

The demonstration in the town of Sheung Shui, not far from the Chinese city of Shenzhen, started peacefully but devolved into scuffles and shouting, with police firing pepper spray at protesters who threw umbrellas and hard hats.

Police used pepper spray and batons to disperse the crowd as fleeing protesters scrambled over each other, with some falling to the ground.

Parallel traders buy goods tax-free in Hong Kong to resell them in mainland China.

Organiser Ronald Leung, a leader of the North District Parallel Imports Concern Group, said residents of Sheung Shui have been complaining about the issue of Chinese traders for many years.

"We don't want to stop travel and buying, but please, just make it orderly and legal", he added.

Hong Kong media mogul and democracy advocate Jimmy Lai met with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence this week over the extradition bill, while singer-activist Denise Ho gave a speech at the U.N. Human Rights Council on suppression of rights and freedom in Hong Kong and called on it to eject China as a member.

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Many interviewed by the Guardian said the millions-strong anti-extradition protests during the past month became a lightning rod for them.

Wang Zhimin, executive of the Liaison Office of the People's Government in Hong Kong, condemned the brutality that has broken out at a portion of the challenges, including the July 1 break-in and stripping of the domain's assembly, according to Reuters news reports.

Denouncing the violent incidents and clashes that took place during the anti-extradition bill protests, Wang said the protesters trampled on the rule of law of law, threatening Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.

Several thousand people marched in Hong Kong on Saturday against traders from mainland China in what is fast becoming a summer of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. They accused them of filling the streets with cardboard boxes of commodities and leaving behind piles of rubbish, while neighbourhood shops were squeezed out of business due to high rents and replaced by shops selling goods popular with mainland tourists and traders.

The protest was the latest in a series that have roiled the former British colony for more than a month, giving rise to its worst political crisis since its 1997 handover to China.

"The government, Carrie Lam, some legislators in functional constituencies are not elected by the people, so there are many escalating actions in different districts to reflect different social issues", he said. "I hope that through today's action, people in Hong Kong will not forget that there are actually many other social issues waiting to be solved". Thousands marched last weekend against middle-aged mainland women who sing and dance somewhat provocatively in a public park, receiving tips from older men.