Group demands action on condition of squatter huts

A new advocacy group is calling for a government task force to address safety issues of squatter huts made all the more apparent by the recent signal No 10 typhoon.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:03pm

Kevin Sinclair's Hong Kong

A veteran SCMP reporter, Kevin examines the good, bad and ugly sides of life in the city. E-mail him at kevin.sinclair@scmp.com

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Heeled today, gone tomorrow

Mention the name Christian Louboutin, and it's enough to cause a swooning fit among the city's rich and heel-obsessed socialites.

So it was perhaps a good thing that the Parisian designer was only in town last week for the first time since his last visit in 1996.

18 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Resurgent building activity won't bring back workers' glory days

'Building jobs to stay tight despite predicted upturn'

SCMP headline, February 15

IT SEEMS COUNTER-INTUITIVE. Here we are well into recovery from a six-year property slump with confidence in the property market rising again and demand picking up in both the residential and commercial sectors.

16 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Drama 'was just like a Jackie Chan movie'

Three young women who witnessed the dramatic arrest said it was like watching a Jackie Chan movie - but more exciting and frightening.

The three, who all work at the salon Hair Box, said they squatted, used their handbags as shields and huddled together as armed police in bullet-proof vests fired two shots and arrested three suspects.

26 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

'Tough Man' clears Shenzhen's slums

Bicycle repairer Xu Jinxiong collected the last of his belongings and put them in a large plastic bag.

Taking a deep breath, the 35-year-old native of Anhui province took a last look around the ramshackle tin-and-timber structure in Shenzhen which he had called home for the past six years. The building will be torn down in a few days.

6 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

An absent landlady's story of a tenant from hell

The news that makes every house owner's heart skip a beat reached me in New Delhi last August. The e-mail from my letting agent in London said: 'I'm afraid to say that the tenants are refusing to leave your flat. They have denied us access. You must start legal proceedings for repossession.'

1 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Police operation wastes resources, say squatters

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.

22 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Residents to keep bulldozers at bay

Residents and shop owners in the Inverness Road squatter area in Kowloon Tong have vowed to keep at bay Housing Department officers who will try to pull down their homes today.

18 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Squatter area blaze

A two-storey building was damaged in a suspected arson attack in the Diamond Hill squatter area, which is earmarked for demolition. The blaze broke out at noon.

20 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Squatters demand flats

Residents of three squatter areas in Junction Road, Kowloon City, demanded the Government provide them with public housing flats in urban areas. The sites where more than 500 families are living are scheduled to be cleared in February. Some 80 per cent of residents are not eligible for rehousing because their family income exceeds the means test introduced by the Housing Department in 1998.

18 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Eviction threat ignored

Representatives of Diamond Hill squatters said they would not meet a Lunar New Year deadline to move out of their homes. The group, representing about 370 households, said they had been pressured by the Housing Authority into signing a resettlement agreement.

27 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Squatters to stay put

Squatters in a Diamond Hill village have promised not to resort to violence but insist they will remain in their homes when the Government begins clearing operations in the area tomorrow.

13 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Arson suspected in squatter homes fire

Arson is suspected after fire broke out in an empty hut with no power supply in a squatter area at Diamond Hill yesterday. Three people were injured and 70 made homeless.

Firemen said the blaze at Ha Yuen Leng Village was suspicious because the same vacant home went up in flames last month.

More than 100 people from 31 households were evacuated yesterday.

17 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Squatters in uproar at rule change

A NEW Housing Authority rule has divided a flood-stricken squatter village at Fanling, with hundreds fearing they will become homeless.

Squatters living in areas earmarked for demolition have previously been moved into interim accommodation, then into public housing.

27 Sep 1998 - 12:00am