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Scuffles break out at Sheung Shui forum

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 6:38pm
 

Scuffles broke out on Saturday during an open-air forum among opponents and supporters of a controversial government plan to develop three new towns in the north-east New Territories.

Despite Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po’s last minute efforts to ease public concerns, the forum soon erupted into angry outburts from protestors opposed to the plan.

Villagers, environmentalists and social activists waved banners and yelled slogans, urging the government to scrap the plan. Some 6000 people were said to have reserved seats at Saturday’s forum, which lasted about 2.5 hours.

Chan said told the forum he thought the plan should still go ahead.

“I hope the public will understand that the land supply in Hong Kong is really limited. As the New Territories is the major source of our land supply, it is inevitable that this land is needed for development.”

“We are aware that there are some people who work in the affected areas and have not received compensation. We are working together with Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department to see whether we can offer them some.”

But a representative of the villagers emotionally stated that they did not want to move from their homes and would not accept compensation.

Several clashes broke out at the forum, and at one point, people began shoving each other.

Police later stepped between two groups to allow people to express their views.

The host of the forum also appealed for calm after protesters angrily denounced the forum as a ‘fake consultation”.

The forum started at 2.30pm and ended at 5pm.

 

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Camel
And for the fighting. There you can see whether HK People are ready and mature enough to have more political freedom. If you have no more arguments, let your fists speak for you. If the politician as not backing down, throw bottles at them. Lynch them.
Government officials are demanded to speak to the people and bottles are thrown at them at the end. Just imagine when CY Leung would have appeared there. The mob would have killed him. So as a result, they will think twice to accept another row of public discussions. No, HK is far away to have more political rights.
Camel
Again, @jpinst, your comment is as much worth as the fact that all the governments of HK before 97 were elected by the people. lol.
And what have you seen in the News? All the people living in the area, the people who will get effected in this area are supporting the development. Of course they benefit from them. And who are the ones who protest against it? People from elsewhere, not effected, organised by politcal groups and clear messages against Mainland People.
lucifer
Wow, I guess this is what happens when you have an unelected leadership imposing its will on the people.

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