UPDATED 8:45 AM PT – Sat. July 13, 2019
Protesters in Hong Kong clash with police, as demonstrations continue in the Chinese territory.
Reports Saturday said thousands rallied in a town near the border with mainland China, opposing Chinese traders who make trips into Hong Kong to buy goods to sell in Beijing.
Demonstrators chanted for the traders to go home, saying they’ve fueled inflation, driven up property prices, and dodged taxes.
They said they aren’t against the travel and buying, but want it to be orderly and legal.
“As you can see a lot of people are coming out with their own slogans, this protest is originated by citizens,” said protestors, Ronald Leung. “They are really angry about the issue of cross-border traders in Sheung Shui. It has been a problem for years but never been solved. That’s why they have come out to express their anger.”
The protests started peacefully, but eventually turned to clashes with police after demonstrators began throwing umbrellas and hard hats.