China Bullies Spanish Retailer Zara Because Hong Kong Stores Didn’t Open Fast Enough on Strike Day

Breitbart | 9/4/2019 | Staff
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Chinese “netizens” are staging another one of those boycotts and social media swarms that just happen to coincide with the political objectives of the Chinese Communist Party, this time targeting Spanish fashion retailer Zara because it allegedly supported the Hong Kong protest movement by keeping its stores closed on Monday when the protesters called for a strike.

Zara responded with the usual Western corporate declaration of fealty to China’s “one country, two systems” doctrine, which asserts Hong Kong belongs to the Communist government and will never be permitted to have independence or full democracy.

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According to China’s state-run Global Times on Tuesday, that was not good enough for the angry “netizens” swarming Zara on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter:

“It is not even an official statement as it has no official seal,” one Weibo user said.

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“Why only on Weibo? Please post an official statement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,” another net user said.

An employee surnamed Gao from the public relation department of Inditex, Zara’s parent company, told the Global Times on Tuesday afternoon that all of Zara’s 14 stores in Hong Kong opened on Monday, but some delayed their opening time over transportation issues, such as subway interruptions.

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But Global Times reporters in Hong Kong found MTR services were not significantly delayed on Monday due to effective law enforcement. Police officers deployed there arrested black-clad protesters who intentionally blocked the doors of MTR trains.

Another department employee said four stores, including one at Harbor City, only opened at around 6pm after all staff members arrived. “We issued the notice to suspend business as we could not ensure staff members would arrive on time.”

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The Global Times wrapped up by quoting a Peking University professor who advised Hong Kong business enterprises, including those owned by foreigners, to be “socially responsible instead of...
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