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Unsettled nerves strained by prospect of mainlanders driving in HK

By Miranda Shek (Global Times)

09:06, February 17, 2012

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Some in Hong Kong are voicing their long-term fears of what they call "the mainland invasion," a term coined in recent months by the local media and social networks to describe the escalating influx of Chinese mainland tourists.

In recent months Hong Kong residents took to the streets, urging the city government to curb the influx of mainland tourists and expectant mothers, and they have vowed to take to the street every weekend until the government answers their call.

Following a new round of protests last weekend over a trial program for cross-boundary car visits between Hong Kong and Guangdong Province, the Hong Kong government yesterday had to again assure its citizens it is only on a trial basis and in the first stage of the program only Hong Kong vehicles will be allowed to cross freely.

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