A group of about 100 people in Hong Kong launched a protest on Wednesday against a government plan to use a public housing estate in Sha Tin as a quarantine centre amid the coronavirus outbreak, now known as Covid-19 .
“Return us the Chun Yeung Estate. Say no to the quarantine centre,” they chanted, as they marched in Fo Tan, Sha Tin.
Most of them were set to move into the new estate next month, but only received an SMS from the Housing Department on Tuesday notifying them of a change in plans. Chun Yeung Estate in Fo Tan. Photo: Felix Wong The controversy centred on a U-turn by city leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who earlier pledged that no new public housing estates would be used for quarantine purposes.
She appealed for understanding to use the Fo Tan site, saying existing quarantine centres were fully occupied and there was a desperate need for more places.
But residents were frustrated and angry over the lack of consultation.
Debbie Law, a mother of two, said: “No one notified us until the SMS came in yesterday.
“They did not mention any compensation. We waited eight years to move into public housing. It is just unfair!”The estate, located in an industrial area, is set to house around 4,800 families. Riot police stand guard as the march gets under way. Photo: Sam Tsang Another mother, Nikki Wong, 30, joined the protest with her seven-year-old daughter. “We have waited for 6½ years. My husband is working in the retail sector […]
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