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'Parody' protesters march to urge mainlanders to 'reignite their patriotism... and shop at home'

Latest protest sees marchers dressed as Red Guards, equating patriotism with staying home

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 March, 2014, 4:54pm
UPDATED : Monday, 10 March, 2014, 11:15am

Dozens of protesters, some dressed in Red Guard uniforms, marched through Mong Kok yesterday urging mainland visitors to "love their country and party" - and stay at home.

They waved copies of Mao's "little red book" and chanted slogans like, "Love your motherland, use products that are made in China" as they gathered at the sitting-out area in Dundas Street.

Some also waved Chinese and Communist Party flags. They said the aim of the march was to reignite patriotic feelings in mainlanders.

"If they really love their country, they should stay and shop on the mainland, not come to Hong Kong," said Leung Song, 24, convenor of the march's organiser, the Coalition of True Love for Country and Party.

Leung said they bought the costumes and props from Taobao, a mainland e-commerce platform. "We support Chinese products and our motherland," he said.

Another protester, Alex Lam, 21, a university student, said: "We do not dislike mainland tourists. We simply want to support them in their development of patriotic love, and think it'd be better for them to buy Chinese instead of foreign imported products."

The group organised the protest on Facebook where an event page, "True love for country and party march", was created. About 350 people clicked that they would attend.

Police upset the protesters by splitting them into small groups for the march. They then separated themselves into their own groups and marched along Sai Yeung Choi Street South, ignoring police orders.

Some of them marched to Nathan Road after reaching Argyle Street. They shouted abuse at mainland customers inside shops, forcing some Nathan Road jewellery stores to close briefly.

Li Qing, a 27-year-old from Guangdong shopping in the area, said: "Hong Kong is a free city where people can do whatever they want. I understand why they do this, as they think there are too many visitors."

A protest against mainland visitors in Tsim Sha Tsui last month, accusing them of overwhelming the city and hogging its resources, drew condemnation from Beijing and senior officials in Hong Kong, including Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Few turned up for a second protest in Mong Kok a week later.

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shouken
Hong Kong is home. If the Chinese can flood to Beijing, Shanghai unchecked, causing massive congestions and shortages there, why should HK be treated so differently?
chebetty8
In a satirical "Communist rally" aimed at mainland Chinese shoppers, about 100 Hong Kongers marched through the city on Sunday wearing Maoist costumes, yelling "love your country, buy Chinese products!"
****edition.cnn.com/2014/03/10/world/asia/hong-kong-parody-protest/index.html
chebetty8
Offensive or Hilarious? Hong Kong's Most Confusing Anti-Mainlander Protest
****hongwrong.com/parody-protest/
lenali2003
Despite the condemnation of officials, i support the action of the protesters because the overwhelming number of mainland visitors does start causing inconvenience in our daily lives. The government should take the responsibility of striking a balance between the economic and social development.
meoii
This most ironic thing is, most items tourists buy are "MADE IN CHINA". They are buying designer labels, electronics (ipads/iphones), food (Doll Noodles, Yakult), medicine (Coltalin) etc. that have been literally made in China. It's just those goods are exported and cheaper to buy in Hong Kong or not available in China.
321manu
Gotta love the satire and irony. That's good stuff. Only problem is "one country" means the mainlanders are doing nothing "unpatriotic" by shopping in HK. So really, they need to focus the message on "loving the party", cuz the 2 system reality means that's the distinguishing feature between HK and the mainland for the time being. If you go to HK, you're not "loving the party" as much as you can...for now. Here's hoping it stays that way for quite some time. The best part about putting emphasis on "loving the party" is that you could ask the same question of some HKers...including some who post on this board.
chenyan93@me.com
Yeah, their behavior is funny, also fool and stupid : )
daily
Hahahahh........this was quite funny...........you really have to admit these protesters do make their point, even though they chose to deliver the message in this form.
In some ways, the mainlanders will probably look and feel more sophisticated shopping for things made back in China..........sometimes, when they are walking the streets all decked up in their Prada and Gucci stuff, it actually looks fake on them even if they really bought the real stuff.........It's not what they put on themselves that make them any more sophisticated, it has to come from within and they just don't quite have it yet.
375parkav
端着太监的命,操着皇帝的心。有这个闲工夫还不如多赚点钱,早日搬出你那一面下床的卧室。
dng18dng18
I don't know what the big fuss is all about. We're all CHINESE for god's sake. A little less fighting and a little more loving please.

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