Hong Kong Law & Crime Politics & Protest

Petrol bombs and at least 60 arrests after Hong Kong march against cross-border trading

Protesters hurled petrol bombs Sunday at a Hong Kong police station and at least 60 people were arrested following a march against so-called parallel trading near the Chinese border.

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The Democratic Party said about 10,000 people marched peacefully in Sheung Shui district, but violence erupted after police ordered protesters to disperse.

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Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.

Earlier, several petrol bombs were thrown at the Sheung Shui police station, about 1.5 kilometres (a mile) from where the rally took place.

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Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.

The Sunday protest comes during a period of heightened anti-mainland sentiment in Hong Kong, where a pro-democracy movement demanding greater freedoms from Beijing has raged for nearly seven months.

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The marchers were protesting against parallel trading, which sees thousands of mainlanders cross the border every day to bulk-buy goods such as infant formula to sell at a profit in China.

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There is significant resentment against the practice, which frequently leaves goods in short supply in border towns, and has driven up the price of commodities as well as shop rents.

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The anti-government protests have been blamed for helping plunge Hong Kong’s economy into recession for the first time in a decade.

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Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.

The protests were triggered by a proposal to allow extraditions to mainland China, but have morphed into a broader revolt for democratic freedoms.

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They often descend into violent clashes, with protesters using petrol bombs and other makeshift weapons and the police deploying tear gas and rubber bullets.

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Photo: Jimmy Lam/United Social Press.

On Sunday, the violence was not at the level seen during many previous protests, with police using pepper spray to disperse crowds but not tear gas.

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Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.

China and the Hong Kong administration have refused to bow to protester demands, which include direct elections, an inquiry into alleged police misconduct and amnesty for the nearly 7,000 people arrested so far.

Petrol bombs and at least 60 arrests after Hong Kong march against cross-border trading