At least six retailers at a Shamshuipo shopping centre plan to protest against their landlord today to press for rent reductions. Fast-food chains Fairwood and Hardees, fashion and shoe retailers G2000, U2, Giordano and Mirabell as well as household products retailer Pricerite yesterday said they would stage a protest at Dragon Centre. They claim the landlord, Philippines-based Fotosky, has tried to raise rents, instead of cutting them during the past six months when local retailers have suffered from the economic downturn. Fotosky executives were not available for comment yesterday. Mirabell business development manager Lester Chan King-fai said: 'We are being forced to strike because the landlord has been ignoring our requests for the past six months.' G2000 Group general manager Ray Fung Wai-man echoed Mr Chan's view and said half the turnover of the G2000 and U2 stores in Dragon Centre was being used to pay rent. The retailers said the landlord was charging higher than market rents at the Dragon Centre despite thin traffic. The Mirabell, G2000 and U2 stores in Dragon Centre had been losing money since opening five years ago. 'We hope the landlord will understand our plight as we have been struggling since the retail slump,' Mr Chan said.