Nike has canceled the sale of a new line of shoes in China after its designer posted an image online supporting mass protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to the mainland for trial, according to a report.
Undercover, the studio of Japanese designer Jun Takahashi, this month posted a photo on Instagram of protesters along with the slogan, “No extradition to China,” according to the Financial Times.
The post sparked a backlash in China, where Instagram users saw it while using VPN software to circumvent the site’s blocking in their country.
Undercover later deleted the post, calling it an “individual opinion.”
Chinese clothing retailer YYSports — which is owned by Hong Kong-listed Pou Sheng International — said Nike sent it an “urgent notice” to pull the plug on the June 14 launch, the Financial Times reported.
Online vendor Douniu also said it had removed all products involving the Undercover brand because of “special reasons,” without providing details.
The shoes in question were designed as a collector’s item rather than a mass-market product, a person close to Nike told the Financial Times.
The company did not respond to repeated requests for comment from the news outlet.
Nearly 2 million people took to the streets of Hong Kong last week to protest a proposed bill that would give China the power to extradite Hong Kong residents to the mainland.
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