They march on Government House for sit-in Angry shopkeepers from a public factory estate in San Po Kong marched to Government House yesterday and staged an overnight sit-in after negotiations with Housing Department officials over clearance compensation collapsed. They demanded Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen intervene to help them get more compensation. The shopkeepers, supported by unionist legislator Chan Yuen-han, also plan to petition executive councillors when they meet this morning. It was the second protest at Government House over financial claims in the past week. Both were supported by the Federation of Trade Unions, which is widely seen as a government-friendly group. After the previous protest, the Housing Department agreed to pay part of the wages owed to workers on three projects taken back from main contractor Dickson Construction because of delays. But housing officials stood firm last night against the shopkeepers' demands. 'The Housing Department showed no sincerity in addressing our concerns,' a representative of the shopkeepers said. 'We want the Chief Executive to step in and give us what we deserve.' The department has ruled out offering more compensation, or further delaying the clearance project, which has been on hold since last May. Officials privately admitted they did not want to see more copycat protests outside Mr Tsang's residence and would not rule out forced eviction. A senior housing official said yesterday: 'We have been very generous in our compensation offers and we do not see any reason we should make further concessions.' Under the compensation package, an operator is entitled to up to $1.49 million in compensation, which is equivalent to the total rent for almost 11 years. Compensation alone for the clearance project has cost the government $109 million. More than 90 per cent of the 912 tenants have moved out since the clearance was announced in late 2004.