Published on : Thursday, April 9, 2015
If Chinese tourists are welcome anywhere in the world they certainly are not in Hong Kong. Pro democracy activists took to the streets for the first major rally after December wanting Chinese shoppers out of Hong Kong.
Being a former British colony they do not like the interference from China even when it comes to tourist visitation and shopping.
Local people have long complained about Chinese mainlanders buying goods at lower tax rates and selling them at home for a profit. This is leaving the people of Hong Kong with a basic shortage of supplies.
Police had to use pepper spray and make several arrests as anti China protestors came face to face with Chinese shoppers in a shopping mall.
Despite violence demonstrators found this was the only way to get the message to the Chinese shoppers that Hong Kong wants less Chinese influence.
Shoppers from China were hackled by protestors. They were accused of buying goods from Hong Kong to sell it across the border.
People from Hong Kong treated the mainlanders with disdain and rebuffed them for shopping too much. They openly voiced their descent by saying, ‘don’t come to Hong Kong, we don’t welcome you.’
The mainlanders felt upset by the mindset of the Hong Kong people. They feel that Hong Kong has been ruled by the British only for a few years. Hong Kong was a part of China first. ‘How can they foster such mentalities?’ felt a Chinese shopper.