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Thousands of Chinese social media are calling for a boycott, accusing the retailer of supporting employees wanting to join the strike.To get more china news, you can visit shine news official website.
The chain has said it was just ensuring its shops weren't understaffed if transport was disrupted.
But that has done little to stem anger.
Hong Kong has seen months of protest, with much of the anger directed at what protesters say is a growing influence of mainland China in Hong Kong.
Many companies have found themselves facing an angry reaction from mainland China over anything perceived as supporting the protests or challenging Chinese sovereignty.That was a day when about 10,000 pupils from 200 secondary schools - according to organisers - boycotted the first day of the new term, to support the protests.
Hong Kong had on the same day braced itself for a two-day strike, though this eventually didn't gain much traction.
Hong Kong-based newspaper Ming Pao ran an article showing a picture of a sign it said was posted at one Zara store saying it was closed, and speculating on whether this was in support of the strike and boycott.Zara - which is owned by parent company Inditex - quickly posted a brief statement on its official Weibo page clarifying that it had "never been involved in any strike".
It said it supported the "One country, two systems" model, under which Hong Kong is part of China. However this has done little to quell online anger.
But the hashtag #ZaraStatement went viral on Weibo - racking up more than 330 million views - with many calling the statement insincere.
"This is really perfunctory. If you really want to sincerely talk about it, say it in a [proper] way. If you're not sincere, don't say anything," said one typical comment on Weibo.It is not unusual for Western brands to find themselves in the middle of a consumer backlash in China - though they usually dig their way out by issuing long apologetic statements.
The pro-China internet commenters felt what was missing from Zara's statement was an overt apology.
"Show some sincerity Zara. I hope you will apologise and give a [proper] answer. If not, get out," one Weibo user said.
"You have the freedom to make whatever statement you want Zara. I also have the right not to buy your brand," another commenter said.Zara later clarified that it had "delayed" opening some stores on Monday because workers had trouble getting to work due to transport problems linked to the protests.
Activists had on Monday disrupted train services at different stations, causing major rush hour traffic delays.
"Let us clarify that all our 14 stores in Hong Kong SAR opened and every customer was welcome that day," said Inditex in a statement to the BBC.
"Due to transportation difficulties, we delayed the opening of four of our stores for several hours until our employees have been able to arrive to their jobs."
The Global Times however, said in a separate article that its reporters had found that train services "were not significantly delayed", implying that Zara had not been completely honest.
The Spanish retailer said it "deeply regretted any misunderstanding" the move had caused.
This is not the first time Zara has come under fire in Hong Kong.
Last year, it was criticised on Chinese social media for listing Taiwan - which China sees as part of its territory - as a separate country.
Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam has finally fully withdrawn a controversial bill that allowed extradition to mainland China and sparked three months of dramatic protests in the financial hub.To get more china breaking news, you can visit shine news official website.
The decision to cave in to one of protesters' five core demands marked a dramatic U-turn for Lam, who for months has refused to withdraw the bill.
"We must find ways to address the discontent in society and look for solutions," Lam said in a a video statement Wednesday evening. "After more than two months of social unrest, it is obvious to many that this discontentment extends far beyond the bill."

But Lam refused to give ground on protesters' four other demands, including greater democracy for the city and an independent commission into police conduct, saying all investigations would be carried out by the existing Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC). Instead, she announced the addition of a former education bureau chief and former judge to the IPCC. Lam said the government's priority now was to restore law and order to Hong Kong. "Let's replace conflicts with conversations and let's look for solutions," she said.
Lam suspended the extradition bill in June after more than 1 million people marched against it, with protesters surrounding the city's legislature on the day of its planned second reading.
That suspension did not satisfy protesters, who demanded the bill's complete withdrawal -- making it harder for the government to rush the law through at a later date. A withdrawn bill would need to go back to the beginning of the legislative process, whereas a suspended one could resume where it left off. In recent weeks, protesters' tactics have become increasingly violent as young people felt the government was refusing to consider their demands.
Pro-Beijing lawmaker Michael Tien said that Lam's withdrawal may not stem their anger. "I believe the withdrawal of the bill ... may be too late because this movement has become more than the bill," he said.Activist Joshua Wong, who was last week arrested in a police sweep of activists and opposition politicians, wrote on Twitter: "Carrie Lam's repeated failure in understanding the situation has made this announcement completely out of touch - She needs to address to ALL Five Demands: STOP PROSECUTION, STOP CALLING US RIOTERS, INDEPENDENT INQUIRY OF POLICE and FREE ELECTION!" Earlier this week, Lam denied that she had offered to resign over her handling of the crisis after a recording published Monday night of her at a meeting with business leaders was leaked to Reuters. On the tape, she can be heard saying she would have quit "if I have a choice."
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Lam said she had not "contemplated to discuss a resignation" with her mainland superiors.
In the recording, Lam can be heard saying the bill was "not something instructed, coerced by the central government." If I have a choice, the first thing is to quit, having made a deep apology," she said. "We were not sensitive enough to feel and grasp (the) huge degree of fear and anxiety amongst people of Hong Kong vis-à-vis the mainland of China."
"For a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong Kong is unforgivable," Lam added.
That may remain the view for many Hong Kongers even after the formal withdrawal of the bill. Many will be asking why it took three months of unprecedented unrest, violence and damage to the city's economy for the government to upgrade the bill from "suspended" to "withdrawn," despite repeatedly insisting that it had no future and would not be reintroduced.
Lam may be hoping that the move will put a lid on the protests ahead of October 1, when China will celebrate National Day and mark 70 years of the People's Republic.

One of the scariest aspects of the current national nightmare that is Donald Trump is that for as much of a dystopian hellscape as his presidency has turned out to be, we’re periodically reminded that if he got his way, it would be even worse. Over the past two and a half years we’ve learned that he had to be convinced not to invade Venezuela, or nuke hurricanes, or escalate tensions with Syria by assassinating Bashar al-Assad, or scrap a trade deal with South Korea, the latter of which was avoided when then-National Economic Council director Gary Cohn reportedly swiped a letter from the president’s desk that Trump didn’t even realize had gone missing. According to a new report, the president also wanted to shiv the U.S. economy in a characteristically self-defeating attempt to get back at China—a move that was only prevented by a chorus of staffers and CEOs begging him not to go through with it.To get more economy news, you can visit shine news official website.

CNBC reports that after China retaliated with $75 billion worth of tariffs last month, the president was so angry—and apparently surprised, despite the fact that China has responded this way every time he’s ratcheted up the trade war—that he wanted to double existing tariffs on Chinese goods. That such a move would have hit the economy even harder than the trade dispute already has, and undoubtedly send the stock market into free fall, apparently did not cross his mind, even though people have tried to sit him down and explain it to him many times. Unable to talk him off the ledge on their own, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer apparently enlisted multiple CEOs to call the president and get it through his seemingly impenetrable skull that the impact of such an action would be, in his own words “not good!” Instead, Trump simply chose to unleash a series of belligerent tweets about how he “hereby ordered” U.S. companies to cease doing business with China “immediately,” sending the Dow plummeting, which he later joked about. (He also settled for a 5% hike in tariffs on $550 billion in Chinese products.)

The news that Trump wanted to go nuclear on China comes days after aides confirmed that the president was lying about Chinese negotiators calling his “top trade people” and saying they wanted to “get back to the table.” Also, this:“The U.S. trade war with the world has blown open a great big hole in manufacturers’ confidence,” Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank, wrote in a note on Tuesday obtained by the Times. “The manufacturing sector has officially turned down and is falling for the first time this year as the China tariffs and slowdown in exports has really started to bite.”

Yes, like the decision to flash a thumbs-up sign while posing with a baby whose parents had just been killed in a mass shooting, or to tell victims of a devastating hurricane to “have a good time,” the president went with this when asked if he had anything to say to Poland on the 80th anniversary of it being invaded by Nazi Germany:

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