Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Invasion of Tuen Mun

Lots of people lining up for the convenient B3X bus to Shenzhen Port Bay
China really needs to fix its product quality issues, from food to shampoo. Hong Kong has had enough of parallel traders invading residential areas and snapping up goods to sell across the border.

Today was evidence of that frustration with a massive protest in Tuen Mun that resulted in police unleashing pepper spray.

Residents were protesting against not only the parallel traders, but also those enabling them, like Citybus' express B3X, that for HK$11 runs from Shenzhen Bay Port to Tuen Mun Town Centre. The bus mostly carries mainlanders and those shuttling goods across the border several times a day.

Two weeks ago 12,000 mainlanders took advantage of the offer of a free ride on that bus that was organized by three shopping malls in the district.

Protesters out in full force against shoppers invading Tuen Mun
"Every time I walk home, I can't get by because I am blocked by a horde of [mainlanders] with luggage on the pavement," said one Tuen Mun resident.

The parallel traders seemed unfazed by the protest, with some taking photos of the event on their phones or as their bus went by, gave protesters the middle finger.

The protest also moved to malls, and when protesters arrived at Tuen Mun Town Plaza, tensions devolved into a shoving match and police launched pepper spray into the crowd. From pictures it looks like police were about to unleash pepper spray in the mall, which will surely result in questions on judgment in crowd control in a confined space.

Batons were also used resulting in injuries on both sides.

Is this the best way to handle the situation?

Why is the Hong Kong government standing idly by while these conflicts continue? Is it still trying to boost its retail figures that saw dismal numbers in December?

Some mainlanders admit they don't want to come to Hong Kong, but they want to know the food and products they buy are safe. Their lack of confidence has stimulated Hong Kong's economy but has resulted in social conflicts that do not bode well for the city's eventual integration with the mainland...

Perhaps government officials should come to Tuen Mun and live a day in the life of residents there to really see what's going on. But of course that's wishful thinking...



2 comments:

  1. Again, Gentrification. The people unable to afford should get out

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  2. Again, Gentrification. The people unable to afford should get out

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