Hong Kong’s anti-Extradition Bill protesters held a major strike on Monday didn’t please everyone, including a representative of Yifang Fruit Tea, a popular hand-shaken beverage brand, who expressed his/her support to the “one country, two systems” framework to Weibo. The controversial post, which also criticized the strike, caused a stir online.
“We firmly support ‘one country, two systems’ framework and oppose the violent strike,” said the post, which also reminded protesters that the outlets located on the sidelines of the protest will be open. The statement also highlighted that closing stores during the protest would be considered as a “breach of contract.” “We won’t tolerate any action that lead to the split of our country,” the post said.
In response to the issue, a spokesperson of Taiwan’s Yifang said the headquarters did not publish the statement, while some franchise stores in Taiwan published to Facebook statements opposing the “one country, two systems” framework. Meanwhile, Yifang’s Hong Kong general agent also claimed that the original post had nothing to do with them.
“We don’t agree with the post written by the Hong Kong outlets. We disagree with the ‘one country, two systems’ and believe in liberty and democracy,” wrote a franchise store located in Taipei.