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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong's economy splits into pro- and anti-government camps

Protesters shun businesses that support police and establishment

A protester vandalizes an MTR station during a protest in Hong Kong in November. Some anti-government demonstrators have stopped riding on the city's railway after it was accused by protesters of closing down stations and aiding police during pro-democracy marches.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Behind the scenes of violent clashes on the streets, a new type of protest is spreading across Hong Kong, where consumers are the ones trying to make the difference.

Pro-democracy protesters have labeled the campaign as the "yellow economic circle." The basic idea is that activists choose restaurants and businesses that support their pro-democracy cause, labeling them "yellow," and boycott "blue" businesses that support the government and the police.

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