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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year fairs, usually an opportunity to sell creative merchandise critical of the government alongside festive foods and decorations, are subdued this year amid coronavirus restrictions and a sweeping national security law.
2021/02/11 13:22
But protests evaporated as the coronavirus pandemic prevented large gatherings. Then China imposed a sweeping national security law in June and Hong Kong authorities began arresting activists and opposition politicians.
2021/02/11 13:22
Crowd controls were in place and temperature checks were mandatory.“Next year I hope everything will be better,” said Peter Luk, 63, a retiree shopping at Victoria Park. “We should have all sorts of things - political merchandise, things to eat, toys and flowers, everything.”
2021/02/11 13:22
“It’s nice, it’s very peaceful,” Zhou said. “It’s the spring festival, nobody wants any conflict and anything political.”
2021/02/11 13:23
Hong Kong plans to ease some of its coronavirus restrictions starting Feb. 18, re-opening sports and entertainment facilities and extending dining hours to 10 p.m. from the current 6 p.m.
2021/02/11 13:23
The city of 7.5 million people has recorded around 10,700 infections and 188 deaths since January last year.
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