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China E-Commerce Sites Block Sales of Protest Gear to Hong Kong

Helmets and umbrellas during a protest in Hong Kong. 

Helmets and umbrellas during a protest in Hong Kong. 

Photographer: Eduardo Leal/Bloomberg

Hong Kong demonstrators will need to look beyond mainland China for supplies of protest gear that’s defined the look of the movement.

Queries on Chinese e-commerce portals such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Taobao for umbrellas, masks and helmets would return the searches as “item not found” for buyers based in Hong Kong, while those on the mainland had positive results. Hong Kong logistics companies said a list of “sensitive items” which include black T-shirts, banners, laser pens and facial masks will be detained at customs.