DCHL distributors back in business after protesters end 5-day action

DCHL distributors are back in business, with no interest in those who say they have lost money

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 November, 2013, 5:07am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 November, 2013, 5:07am

A five-day rally undertaken by dozens of mainlanders last week was a failure, a protest organiser has admitted as the Causeway Bay sales centre of a multilevel marketing company returned to business as usual.

Hundreds of product distributors began descending on the Digital Crown Holdings HK (DCHL) centre at the weekend, soon after about 160 mainlanders ended their action demanding millions of dollars in refunds for their purchases on Friday.

Yesterday, training rooms at a demonstration centre located on the second floor of Paliburg Plaza on Yee Woo Street were abuzz with excitement, with shouts of positive slogans filling the air.

One distributor claimed success in closing HK$120,000 of deals. No one was willing to answer questions about the rally, although one distributor said the firm was seeking a court order to bar protesters.

"I can't tell you anything; you'd better ask someone to introduce you to join our company," a senior distributor, who was greeting a newcomer, said.

DCHL was besieged last week as the mainlanders clamoured for compensation after buying health and beauty goods and wine they claimed had almost no resale value.

A volunteer who organised the protests said the 160 former distributors had invested at least 60 million yuan (HK$75.8 million) in all on DCHL products.

"Our protest last week has failed as I know everything is now back to normal at their [centre] in Causeway Bay," the man, who gave his name as Peng, admitted.

"DCHL is skilful in using bad press as part of its brainwashing course. For example, the firm painted us as bad guys hired by its competitors on 300 yuan a day."

Peng said he had formed an alliance of the 160 victims, though some of them were feeling helpless and frustrated.

"It's impossible for us to fight such a giant group … Many of our members are homeless now," he said. "But we will not give up our protests. We are trying to wake up as many people as possible [to DCHL's practices]."

He said no one had received a single cent despite the company's promised refund of HK$67,000 per person.

A distributor from Foshan , Guangdong, said DCHL and several subsidiaries had applied to the High Court for an injunction to ban "troublemakers" from entering its premises at Causeway Bay.

A senior distributor from Zhongshan said the protests had only extended their trading deadlines but failed to affect business performance.

"Some troublemakers from Hunan merely stormed our offices, but the Hong Kong government sent many policemen and firefighters to keep order for us," she said. It indicated DCHL was a "legal firm running a legal business in Hong Kong".

"My husband closed two deals just yesterday … each worth HK$62,797. The deals were supposed to be completed last week, but were deferred by the bothersome protests."