Wednesday, June 8, 2016

L’Oréal shuts Hong Kong stores over China ‘kowtow’ protests

French cosmetics group L’Oréal closed stores across Hong Kong on Wednesday as protesters accused it of “kowtowing” to China by cancelling a marketing event featuring a local singer who supports the democracy movement in the semi-autonomous city.

Several politicians and dozens of protesters demonstrated outside the company’s offices at the Times Square shopping mall in Causeway Bay, a major Hong Kong shopping district, holding banners calling for a boycott of L’Oréal and no “kowtow to Beijing”.

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