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Hong Kong Shops Shutter as Months of Protest Darken Economic Gloom

A pedestrian covers his nose from the tear gas as he walks past a jewelry shop during an anti-government protest in Hong Kong, China, Oct. 27, 2019.

Hong Kong jeweler Jun Lam has already closed one shop. His remaining outlet sits in an almost deserted shopping mall at the heart of a district regularly hit by sometimes violent protests that have rocked the Chinese-ruled city since June.

Restaurants, hotels and retail outlets like Lam’s, many of which cater to mostly mainland Chinese tourists, form a central pillar of a small business sector that employs more than one million people in the city.

But with visitors deterred by months of violence, many firms have closed or are struggling to turn a profit.

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Source:: VOANews.Com