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Hong Kong police pepper spray protesters as rally against Chinese shoppers turns chaotic

  • A local villager, center, gestures at protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers at a suburban district of Yuen Long in Hong Kong, Sunday, March 1, 2015. The protest erupted into chaos as police used pepper spray to break up scuffles between protesters and  local villagers. demonstration and was the latest to target the influx of mainland shoppers to Hong Kong, where many blame their voracious buying habits for distorting the local economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    A local villager, center, gestures at protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers at a suburban district of Yuen Long in Hong Kong, Sunday, March 1, 2015. The protest erupted into chaos as police used pepper spray to break up scuffles between protesters and local villagers. demonstration and was the latest to target the influx of mainland shoppers to Hong Kong, where many blame their voracious buying habits for distorting the local economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers gesture against local villagers at a suburban district of Yuen Long in Hong Kong, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Hong Kong police have used pepper spray to break up scuffles between protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers and villagers from a border town. Sunday's unruly demonstration was the latest to target the influx of mainland shoppers to Hong Kong, where many blame their voracious buying habits for distorting the local economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers gesture against local villagers at a suburban district of Yuen Long in Hong Kong, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Hong Kong police have used pepper spray to break up scuffles between protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers and villagers from a border town. Sunday's unruly demonstration was the latest to target the influx of mainland shoppers to Hong Kong, where many blame their voracious buying habits for distorting the local economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers try to control the confrontation between activists demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers and local villagers at a suburban district of Yuen Long in Hong Kong, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Hong Kong police have used pepper spray to break up scuffles between protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers and villagers from a border town. Sunday's unruly demonstration was the latest to target the influx of mainland shoppers to Hong Kong, where many blame their voracious buying habits for distorting the local economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Police officers try to control the confrontation between activists demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers and local villagers at a suburban district of Yuen Long in Hong Kong, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Hong Kong police have used pepper spray to break up scuffles between protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers and villagers from a border town. Sunday's unruly demonstration was the latest to target the influx of mainland shoppers to Hong Kong, where many blame their voracious buying habits for distorting the local economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

Hong Kong police used pepper spray Sunday to break up scuffles between protesters demonstrating against mainland Chinese shoppers and villagers from a border town.

The unruly demonstration was the latest to target the influx of mainland shoppers to Hong Kong, where many blame their voracious buying habits for distorting the local economy.

Two activist groups and their supporters marched through the suburban district of Yuen Long, where there are dozens of pharmacies selling baby formula to cater to mainland shoppers.

Scuffles broke out after crowds of village residents opposed to the protest taunted the demonstrators along the route.

Police used pepper spray and took several people away.

Many shopkeepers rolled down their storefront shutters ahead of the protest and few mainland Chinese visitors were seen on the streets.

There have been at least two other shopping protests in Hong Kong's suburban towns this year, including one last month inside a shopping mall.