Retail stores of Apple closed in Hong Kong early Monday as pro-democracy protests continued throughout the city, local media reported.
The report said that the early closures of retail stores took place after the protests in Hong Kong turned violent. Apple described the protests as police used tear gas and bullets against hundreds of thousands of demonstrators after the Chinese government, where Hong Kong was vandalized after a peaceful march, a group of protesters were photographed attacking the occupants of the tunnel with primitive weapons.
Apple was supposed to close at 11 pm but because of the events the store was closed at 4 pm.
The protests were held for seven consecutive weekends, and Apple is not the only company to control its operations after the protests. The decision was made for fear of shops being stolen by the barbarians, and for Apple’s 6 retail stores in Hong Kong, where the Greater China is important for Apple as the third largest market for the company.
The Hong Kong city was hit by chaos with violent protest Sunday night, after the anti-police fired tear gas and rubber bullets towards anti-government protesters.
The incident took place hours after near the Chinese Government office here, throwing eggs and graffiti paintings, thus being considered an open opponent of the Beijing government.
Following that, the smoke from tear gas enters the business area, as the police contingents were trying to break down violent protests at the financial hub.
Hong Kong protest movement consciously draws on the insignia of the 2014 Rainbow Umbrella Movement. Despite its unsuccessful end, more than two months lasting blockade of the government district is still regarded by many young people as a moment of political awakening.
Obviously, the Hong Kong authorities are anxious to prevent a recurrence of the siege situation of 2014. With the images of violence, however, they risk further fueling popular opposition to the proposed law. Five years ago, the use of tear gas against young students had given broad support to the protest movement.