ABOUT 100 elderly people gathered around Victoria Park's pavilion yesterday to denounce recent police raids on gambling activities. They said the action had taken away their basic right to entertainment. The angry words followed a series of raids by Eastern District police at the weekend aimed at cracking down on illegal gambling and loan-sharking. Leung Dong-ming, 72, said: 'The activities have been going on for years in the park. It's a pastime only. Those involved are retired elderly who spend a few dollars on card games to have some excitement.' But many admitted high-stakes gambling and drug trafficking had prospered in the park recently. Chief Inspector Henry Ho Ming-sun said they had to take action before the activities ran out of control. Eastern District Board member Chow Kit-bing said she would ask for an explanation from the police.