Thousands join Hong Kong protest against Chinese traders

Several thousand people have marched in Hong Kong against traders from mainland China in what is fast becoming a summer of unrest in the semi-autonomous territory.

Walking behind a banner that read “Strictly enforce the law, stop cross-border traders,” the protesters passed by pharmacies and cosmetic shops that are popular with Chinese tourists and traders who bring goods back to sell in the mainland.

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Many of the stores were shut because of the protest.

In what has become a common scene, clashes broke out between police and some of the protesters toward the end of the otherwise peaceful march. Police used pepper spray and batons to disperse the crowd, public broadcaster RTHK reported.

Major demonstrations in the past month against a proposal to change extradition laws have reawakened other movements in Hong Kong.

Thousands marched last weekend against middle-aged mainland women who sing loudly and dance somewhat provocatively in a public park. Some of the women receive tips from older men.

The protests have a common refrain – Hong Kong’s government, led by a non-democratically elected chief executive, is not addressing people’s concerns.

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