In total I think there are about 1M recent immigrants from the mainland. What is less clear to me is how many of those are strongly pro-Beijing - not all I think?
Many shops have closed, and dozens of police officers are on standby as protesters begin a march to “recover Sheung Shui” from parallel traders.
The protest organiser, the North District Parallel Imports Concern Group, expects thousands of people to take part in the demonstration, given the momentum against the government’s handling of the controversial extradition bill, which has triggered mass protests and clashes between demonstrators and police in the past month.
Its spokesman, Ronald Leung, accused the government and the local district council, which is dominated by pro-establishment councillors, of turning a blind eye to rampant tax evasion by parallel traders, who reap huge profits by selling their duty-free stocks bought in Hong Kong on the mainland.