In the Amazon, faces online backlash in China for its T-shirts featuring the Hong Kong-democracy slogans

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese social media users have turned their anger at the online retailer on Thursday, following the discovery of the T-shirts on the web site of the sporting slogans supporting the anti-government protesters, in Hong Kong, china.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company’s distribution centre in Boves, France, on January 19, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

The hashtag “in the Amazon, and T-Shirts,” it was the fourth top trending topic on China’s Twitter-like Weibo on Wednesday, and the final clearance for a foreign-owned company that has dealt with issues relating to Hong Kong’s territorial status.

The widely read Global Times tabloid, published by China’s state-owned People’s Daily, said many Chinese internet users have found the T-shirts for sale, wearing slogans such as “Free,” Hong Kong Democracy Now,” “and “”in Hong Kong is Not China”, for example.

Legions of internet users have accused the site of being insensitive to the direction of the Chinese people, one Weibo commenter to write, “Amazon has already left China, would you? We are going to need to learn a lesson.”

The e-commerce giant, which closed its home shopping service, in July, but continues to ship overseas goods into the country.

As a representative of the Amazon did not respond to Reuters by e-mail to a request for comment.

The protests in Hong Kong are attracting the attention of the media in the region as a whole, as the activists occupying the public spaces of the global financial hub for more than 10 weeks, in order to draw attention to a perceived erosion of civil liberties in Hong Kong.

At the beginning of the protests, local media in mainland China gave them only a limited cover, but now they are dominating the headlines in both state-owned newspapers and magazines, and online publications.

A variety of celebrities from the mainland of China, severed ties with a number of fashion labels, this week, web users have found that they had produced a garment which is referred to as Hong Kong and Taiwan separate from the people’s republic of China.

Versace, Calvin Klein, and other brands, and each issued a public apology online, or on the Chinese social-media accounts, or abroad.

The Coach who pulled it off the fire for a T-shirt, which implied Taiwan was an independent legal entity in China, he said, and in May 2018 and discovered “serious errors” in any of her clothes, and pulled it off the store shelves.

Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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