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Hong Kongers Raise British Flag, Tell Mainlanders to Get Lost

Hong Kong protests at Sheung Shui station against mainland smugglers.
Center: "Mainlanders, love your motherland, please use domestic (mainland) goods." Right: "Reclaim Sheung Shui Station, protect our home."
Hong Kong protests at Sheung Shui station against mainland smugglers.
Center: “Mainlanders, love your motherland, please use domestic (mainland) goods.” Right: “Reclaim Sheung Shui Station, protect our home.”

From NetEase:

A small number of Hong Kongers raise the British Hong Kong flag shouting “Chinese people get lost back to China!”

Hundreds of Hong Kong residents over two consecutive days on the 15th and 16th besieged the Hong Kong Rail Sheung Shui station, protesting mainland smugglers seriously affecting the lives of Hong Kongers. However, a small number of people during the demonstrations raised the British Hong Kong flag, shouting “Chinese people get lost back to China”, leading to fierce criticism in Hong Kong public opinion. Commentary on Hong Kong’s Skypost say that what should’ve been a simple protest of smugglers has gone bad, with those protesting the smugglers only carrying signs, while some people are using Hong Kongers’ dissatisfaction with smugglers to provoke a conflict between Hong Kongers and mainlanders.

A Hong Kong protestor holding a sign that tells Chinese people to get lost back to China.
Sign: “Chinese people get lost back to China.”

The name “water visitors/customers” [smugglers] come from “water goods” [smuggled goods]. IN the past, some sailers would often secretly buy and take with them small amounts of products and goods for themselves or others, and then sell them at other ports to make some extra income. These days, “smugglers” mainly refer to those people who often travel between the mainland, Hong Kong, and Macau entering or leaving carrying goods and products on them. Because taxes are low in Hong Kong and Macau, most products are cheaper than in the mainland, therefore giving rise to professional smugglers who use their visas to conveniently come and go once or twice in a day, some as much as over 10 times. When they come from Hong Kong, they carry on themselves various products, such as mobile phones, laptop computers, milk powder to sell in the mainland, or bringing such for others, making money from the price differences, or wages. Recently, following the mainland launching policies allowing individual tourists, the number of mainland smugglers have also rapidly increased. Inside and in the areas around the Hong Kong Rail Sheung Shui station near Shenzhen, everywhere smugglers can be seen on the roadsides opening boxes and distributing goods, blocking passageways affecting the surroundings, even giving rise to security and social problems, upsetting Hong Kongers.

Passengers at the Hong Kong Sheung Shui Rail Station with boxes of goods purchased in Hong Kong to be brought into mainland China.

Passengers with boxes of goods clogging the Sheung Shui Rail station in Hong Kong.

According to a report on the 17th by Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily News, hundreds of Hong Kongers on the 15th organized a protest at the Sheung Shui station, unhappy with smugglers impacting/disturbing the lives of the locals. The demonstration was originally quite peaceful, but one demonstrator suddenly raised a “Chinese people get lost back to China” sign, arousing the ire of some suspected of being smugglers, the two sides first exchanging words and then becoming physical. As more pushing and shoving occurred, dozens of police officers and Hong Kong Rail security staff immediately organized a human wall and erected barriers, separating the demonstrators and smugglers. On the 16th, hundreds of demonstrators continued protesting at Sheung Shui station against the smugglers disturbing the peace and order at Sheung Shui station. However, someone in the demonstration raised a pre-Handover British Hong Kong flag and called for “Hong Kong autonomy”, getting into a verbal argument with several Hong Kong residents, those Hong Kong residents angrily denouncing them taking advantage of the situation to “demand Hong Kong independence”, changing the nature of the protest. According to a report in Sing Tao Daily, Chief Executive CY Leung made a special trip to Sheung Shui station to determine what happened. He said Hong Kong will strengthen communications with mainland customs, and that Hong Kong immigration and police will also intensify cooperative enforcement.

Hong Kong protestors raising British Hong Kong colony flags.

Comments on NetEase:

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山oO端月 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Chinese people, not welcomed anywhere, and domestically, our own people bully our own people, attacking, smashing, looting, and setting fire confident that they’re justified, saying they’re being patriotic, laughable to the extreme. The shit youth should simply be exterminated.

我用脚投票 [网易加拿大网友]:

According to the way our countrymen think: Us going to Hong Kong to buy things is giving you Hong Kongers money, helping your economy, so you guys doing this is truly being ungrateful. Actually, they don’t know that there are a lot of things more important than money in this world, and our entire nationality’s values have completely been twisted.

andrewsun0720 [网易上海市手机网友]:

I agree, better get lost back here.

轮回的终结 [网易黑龙江省大庆市网友]:

Kong Qingdong said it right, a portion of Hong Kongers are like wolves in how they treat mainlanders, and are like dogs in how they treat the British.

[Note: Kong Qingdong is a Peking University professor and apparent descendent of Confucius who often makes controversial remarks criticizing Hong Kongers whenever there is a mainland vs. Hong Kong issue.]

kking50 [网易浙江省台州市网友]:

Because taxes are low in Hong Kong and Macau, most products are cheaper than in the mainland??????

五根毛流浪记 [网易湖北省宜昌市网友]:

A son doesn’t think his mother ugly, a maggot doesn’t think shit stinky, let alone that you’re still a dog, do you want to be a human in your next life?

錢好 [网易广东省湛江市网友]:

Causing trouble in Hong Kong now?

dasas [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Hong Kongers are like this. When the British Empire governed you guys, you guys were itching to have the Queen lick your asses, and now that you’re finally able to govern yourselves, you suddenly discover that being a dog not tied to a leash, your necks feel a somewhat uncomfortable.

网易上海市宝山区网友:

Seems like there are a lot of people seeking chaos in the world these days, people with ulterior motives instigating our countrymen. This is the most dangerous.

441079470 [网易河南省信阳市手机网友]:

What right do they have for saying Chinese people have low characters, is everyone in Hong Kong noble and refined? Our countrymen talking shit about our countrymen, truly 250+ 38 + 2 = 290.

Hong Kong protesters telling mainland Chinese to get lost back to the mainland.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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