HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong retailer Alan Li shut up shop on Wednesday, joining about 100 businesses and numerous workers in a rare strike to protest against an extradition bill that many fear will undermine freedom and confidence in the commercial hub.
“Ah that pesky Hong Kong spirit is rearing its ugly head again.
Refusing to back down in the face of adversity,” Bleak House Books said in a Facebook post announcing its strike.
“The extradition bill is very dangerous for Hong Kong people, especially Hong Kong workers,” said Ho, adding it was unclear how many members had heeded the call.
Quentin Cheng Hin-kei, chairman of Hong Kong Social and Political Organisation Workers’ Union, told Reuters some of their members also went on strike and the union was discussing more action.
Hong Kong Jockey Club, one of the city’s most famous brands, shut down three of its central betting branches, citing employee safety.
Hong Kong stocks fell and demand for cash surged, sending bank-to-bank lending rates to multi-year highs. »