Hong Kong can largely be divided into those who support the protesters and their anti-Beijing stance, and those supportive of the mainland.
So when peaceful protests turned into violence against property, big mainland firms became targets for vandalism. But other less-obvious places are also in the firing line.
While Starbucks may be a US brand, the Hong Kong franchise is operated by a local company, Maxim’s Caterers. Annie Wu, the daughter of the Maxim Group’s founder, recently criticised activists as "radical protesters".
Japanese fast food chain Yoshinoya has also come into the crosshairs.
Activists have accused their opponents of being part of the Fujian triad gangs. The triad allegation has also been levelled against a mahjong house in a part of town home to the Fujianese community.
be in the firing line：片語，處於易受攻擊、批評的位置或處境。例句：The reporter was in the firing line for his one-sided reporting of the election.（這名記者因對選舉的偏頗報導遭到批評。）
come into the crosshairs/be in the crosshairs：片語，成為他人攻擊的目標。例句：The president has been in the crosshairs of his political rivals for his comments on immigration.（總統因對移民的言論而成為政治對手攻擊的目標。）
level against：片語，公開指控、譴責。例句：Serious charges of corruption have been levelled against the candidate.（嚴重的貪污指控指向這名候選人。）