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Hong Kong Economy Continues to Suffer as Protests Fade
   2014-10-13 20:49:20    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang

 

Police have started removing barricades set up by Occupy protesters on both sides of Hong Kong harbor.

The move came as the student-led occupation of main roads in the heart of Hong Kong entered its third week.

The barricades were placed on lorries on the roadside ready to be taken away. Protesters in the area did not resist the operation, but monitored the police action.

The police are calling on protesters to clear major roads of obstacles and reduce the size of the occupation zones.

Mass disruptions to business and daily life have prompted more and more people to come out to voice their opposition to the protests.

Robert Chow is the spokesman for the Alliance for Peace and Democracy.

"It was just six weeks ago, 1.5 million people have responded to our asking and come out and sign their names against 'Occupy Central' and support universal suffrage in Hong Kong. We do not want to see 1.5 million people, or even more people coming out. And it becomes a people versus people situation."

According to the Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners, more than 200 Hong Kong hotels are expected to have lost almost 100 million HK dollars a day due to falling tourist numbers.

Retail sales in Hong Kong fell by 40 percent during the week-long National Day holiday season, the first drop since 2003.

Hong Kong's economy suffered heavy loss due to the student-led occupation of main roads in the heart of Hong Kong. [Photo: cankaoxiaoxi.com]

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