Tenants in housing protest

TWO hundred Eastern District temporary housing tenants took to the streets yesterday to press for an early resettlement into public rental flats.

The protesters chanted ''we want rehousing in the same district'' during the two-hour march from Wan Chai's Southorn Playground to the Central Government Offices.

They later held a rally outside the offices as representatives petitioned Government House.

The group claimed to represent 1,500 families living in three temporary housing areas in Chai Wan, where some have lived for seven years.

Protest organiser Chung Wah-keung said tenants could not accept the Government's explanation of limited resources and demanded to be rehoused in the new Yiu Tung Estate in Shau Kei Wan.

''The Government has a lot of surplus and there is no question of limited resources,'' Mr Chung said. ''All tenants should be rehoused into rental flats by 1995.'' District board member Tsang Kin-shing, who supports the tenants, said it was shameful for a rich society like Hong Kong to provide squalid temporary housing for its people.