Police operation wastes resources, say squatters

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 July, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 July, 2001, 12:00am

A group of Kowloon City squatters yesterday accused the police of wasting manpower in assisting a Housing Department clearance operation last week.

The squatters marched to police headquarters in Wan Chai to petition the Commissioner of Police, Tsang Yam-pui.

They demanded he disclose the number of officers deployed to Inverness Road on Wednesday and explain why so many were needed.

More than 100 officers moved in to assist in clearance work when about 100 residents refused to allow Housing Department workers to demolish their shops and homes. The residents had earlier blocked entrances with trucks and rubbish. The operation was later completed with the help of police without further incident.

The 2.26-hectare site will house a 740-flat public housing estate by 2006.

Some shop owners were unhappy with the compensation offered, while 67 households failed to pass an income means test to qualify for public housing settlements. They had vowed to keep at bay Housing Department officers who tried to pull down their homes.