Hong Kongers hold parody Communist rally to protest mainland influenceBy Wilfred Chan, CNNUpdated 0204 GMT (1004 HKT) March 11, 2014 5 photosHong Kong's parody protest – In a satirical "Communist rally" aimed at mainland Chinese shoppers, about 100 Hong Kongers marched through the city on Sunday wearing Maoist costumes, yelling "love your country, buy Chinese products!"Hide Caption 1 of 5 5 photosHong Kong's parody protest – A protester in a Communist costume holds a sign reading "If you don't drink Chinese milk, are you still Chinese?" To the left, an image of Hong Kong's embattled chief executive C.Y. Leung photoshopped onto Mao Zedong's body.Hide Caption 2 of 5 5 photosHong Kong's parody protest – An unlikely sight: A Communist flag billowing in Hong Kong's crowded Mong Kok shopping district.Hide Caption 3 of 5 5 photosHong Kong's parody protest – Police formed human walls to restrain the protest, which was rowdy at times.Hide Caption 4 of 5 5 photosHong Kong's parody protest – Hundreds of bemused onlookers gathered to watch the spectacle.Hide Caption 5 of 5Story highlights100 Hong Kongers march through the city wearing satirical Maoist costumesProtesters to mainland visitors: It's more 'patriotic' if you stay home"We don't want Hong Kong to turn into another Chinese city," says protesterJust call it the Fake Leap Forward.In a satirical "Communist rally" aimed at mainland Chinese shoppers, about 100 Hong Kongers marched through the city on Sunday wearing Maoist costumes, yelling "love your country, buy Chinese products!"Others held posters of Mao Zedong, branded with the mock-patriotic slogan "Chinese people should drink Chinese milk" -- a dig at the throngs of mainland shoppers who enter Hong Kong to buy its infant formula, which is viewed as safer than Chinese infant formula.Filled with apparent glee, protesters mockingly bellowed the Chinese national anthem off-key, and thrust Mao's "Little Red Book" into the air.At times, the "parody protest" became rowdy, with police wrestling several protesters to the ground as they attempted to break through police barriers.Just WatchedHong Kong shocked by journalist stabbingreplayMore Videos ...Hong Kong shocked by journalist stabbing 01:38PLAY VIDEOJust WatchedHong Kong journalists protest censorshipreplayMore Videos ...Hong Kong journalists protest censorship 02:22PLAY VIDEOJust WatchedThousands march for democracy in Hong KongreplayMore Videos ...Thousands march for democracy in Hong Kong 00:53PLAY VIDEOVIDEO: Satrical communist rally in Hong Kong"We're here to protect our freedom"Protest organizers insisted the rally was meant in good fun."My goal with this rally was to show my patriotism," said organizer Barry Ma with a slight smirk. "You can figure out our meaning."Other protesters were more direct."We're here to protect our laws and our freedom," said a man surnamed Kang, in his 40s. "We don't want Hong Kong to turn into another Chinese city."READ MORE: Hong Kong journalists protest censorship, Beijing influencePaladin Cheng, 31, said there were "cultural differences" between Hong Kongers and mainlanders."Mainlanders cut in line, spit on the streets. We Hong Kongers really can't accept that."Yet there were signs that not everyone understood the protest. Though many onlookers were smiling or laughing, some pedestrians were confused, thinking that the protesters were actual Communist supporters."I thought they were real," gasped one onlooker to his companion.Western tourists appeared the most bewildered."I have no idea what's going on," a British visitor told CNN, even as the marchers surrounded him.Later, a few online commenters remarked that the protesters made Hong Kong look bad."They succeeded in nothing but making a mockery of themselves. 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