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Mainland businesses targeted in Sha Tin mall

2019-09-22 HKT 14:03
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Anti-extradition protesters gathered outside mainland shops and businesses known to have criticised the anti-extradition movement, at a shopping mall in Sha Tin on Sunday.

Hundreds of protesters had converged on New Town Plaza, with some protesters holding a list of shops to be targeted. Stickers were placed on their store-fronts or inside.

A Huawei, a Best Mart 360, and a mainland tea shop chain pulled down their shutters.

Protesters also appeared to be targeting food and beverage outlets operated by the Maxim group; such as Starbucks, Simply Life, Jade Garden and Peking Garden.

They pushed buttons hundreds of times to print out seat reservations then stuck them on a nearby wall, hindering them from doing business.

Earlier this month, the People's Daily reportedly praised Annie Wu Suk-ching, the daughter of the Maxim's founder, after she criticised the unrest caused by the anti-extradition protesters. Beijing had previously reportedly criticised a rival mooncake maker, Taipan, after the founder's son, Garic Kwok, apparently backed the protesters on Facebook.

Later the protesters trampled on a national flag at the mall, before leaving and throwing it into the Shing Mun river.

A man was also beaten, after saying something to the protesters.

Parts of Sha Tin MTR station were also vandalised, leading to the closure of the station in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, more than a hundred people have gone to the upmarket Elements shopping mall at Kowloon Station to call for a boycott of shops operated by Maxim's. They went to one of the restaurants, which had already closed, and wrote anti-extradition demands on the menu outside.

Last updated: 2019-09-22 HKT 19:16