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Hong Kong activist urges Starbucks to cancel local franchise

In a tweet early Friday, Wong asked for the franchise of Maxim's Caterers, which runs the Starbucks outlets in the city, to be terminated "immediately." Foto: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong joined calls for Starbucks to cancel its franchise with one of the city's biggest restaurant companies after a member of the founder's family likened anti-Beijing protests to riots and voiced support for local authorities.

In a tweet early Friday, Wong asked for the franchise of Maxim's Caterers, which runs the Starbucks outlets in the city, to be terminated "immediately." Wong, who first rose to international prominence during the 2014 Hong Kong democracy protests, included a link to a petition calling for Maxim's to lose its Starbucks license. It has garnered more than 12,000 signatures...

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