Shops and restaurants are being labeled pro-democracy or pro-government, which has had a huge impact on customer numbers.
Fifteen pro-democracy demonstrators who targeted a shopping mall near the border with mainland China have been detained. Hong Kong's protest movement has increased efforts to cause economic disruption over the holidays.
The political unrest in Hong Kong hasn't only strained the political situation; it has also had a major impact on its many luxury shops. With no end to the protests in sight, shop owners are worrying about the future.
Strife-torn Hong Kong's economy plunged into recession in the third quarter, falling 3.2% between July and September. Its administration blames "local social incidents" — a reference to 5 months of pro-democracy unrest.
Hong Kongers have taken to the streets as part of a coordinated day of global protests aimed at casting a shadow over communist China's upcoming 70th birthday. Rallies were also held in Sydney and Taipei.
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