Chinese mainland internet users Wednesday launched a boycott of bubble tea brands that they accused of supporting secessionist forces in Hong Kong .
The topic of a bubble tea boycott garnered over 230 million views and some 47,000 comments as of press time on China’s twitter-like platform Sina Weibo.
Internet users accused the Taiwan-headquartered brand Yifang Fruit Tea of participating in the Hong Kong riots and showing support for separatists after images circulated on Sina Weibo revealing a notice at one of its Hong Kong branches that read “Today, we are with Hong Kong. The shop is closing for a day. Hong Kong, go for it.”
The company has nearly 1,000 branch stores, mostly in the Chinese mainland, Taiwan media reported.