News that some "localists" were to organize another protest against parallel traders in Sheung Shui on Sunday came as a shock. Hong Kong is already experiencing depressed retail sales and a number of retail premises are already empty. "To Let" signs can now be seen in Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and elsewhere. Retail sector rents are falling; the prospect of future layoffs in the restaurant, hotel, and retail industries cannot be dismissed. Fang Kang, leader of the Liberal Party, appealed last Saturday on radio to demonstrators to stop their actions. He also pleaded to the government to get tough with people violating the law. The Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board Lam Kin-ngok asked the protesters to consider other people, and refrain from "obtaining happiness from the sorrow of others". He noted that the number of visitors to Hong Kong had fallen by 8.4 percent in July, while overnight visitors had fallen by 9.8 percent.
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