Protest against Hong Kong cross-border traders

Several thousand people marched in Hong Kong against traders from mainland China on Saturday in what is fast becoming a summer of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

The demonstration reportedly centered around the government's failure to address concerns about mainland Chinese traders who purchase wholesale goods in Hong Kong at duty-free prices before transporting them back to China for sale.

“Strictly enforce the law, stop cross-border traders,” read one sign carried by demonstrators, according to the AP. Organizers told news outlets that unlike the now-dead extradition bill, the problem with Chinese traders has existed for years.

“Citizens are really angry,” said Ronald Leung of the North District Parallel Imports Concern Group. “They want to come out and show their concern over the cross-border traders problem in the area, which is never solved.”

“We don’t want to stop travel and buying, but please, just make it orderly and legal. The extradition bill was the tipping point for us to come out. We want Sheung Shui back," another protester told Reuters in a statement.

Critics of the traders say that the low prices enjoyed by mainland Chinese contribute to a spike in property values as well as an increase in taxes and inflation. Activists told Reuters that Hong Kong's culture was threatened by a local government seen as un-Democratic and unresponsive to citizens' concerns.

“The government, Carrie Lam, some legislators in functional constituencies are not elected by the people, so there are many escalating actions in different districts to reflect different social issues. If political problems are not solved, social well-being issues will continue to emerge endlessly.” one protest organizer, Jimmy Sham, told the news outlet.