The head of a 60-year-old Tiu Keng Leng monastery who set alight his arm to protest against eviction did so to avoid "hurting anyone else", his family says. Lau Kin-kwok set fire to his arm on the roof of Po Yin Fat Yuen monastery last Tuesday as officials arrived to take over the property, which is to become a heritage showroom under a Sai Kung District Council project. The spectacle drew parallels with his three-metre jump into a crowd of police, injuring a sergeant, 19 years ago - the last time he was forced to leave his home. We have not done anything wrong. This is unreasonable and inhumane LAU KIN-MAN, BROTHER "He felt a sense of guilt all these years," said his tearful daughter Presea Lau Tsz-lam yesterday. "He did this because he would rather hurt himself than others again. This was the only method of resistance he could think of." The family is now living out of an office in Kowloon Bay, while Lau remains in hospital. Four of their dogs have been taken away but the family's pet cats, fish and turtles are still in the boarded-up property. Officials arrived to forcibly evict 57-year-old Lau and his brother and sister-in-law early on Tuesday. "We have not done anything wrong. This is very unreasonable and inhumane," said the brother, Lau Kin-man. The monastery was relocated in the area after the colonial government cleared out the shanty town of Kuomintang refugees and former Nationalist soldiers who once squatted there. In 1996, Lau, himself a squatter, fiercely resisted attempts to move the shanty town. His monastery was finally moved to the old police station at Rennie's Mill - now known as Tiu Keng Leng. He has been leasing a part of it since 1999 for an annual rent of just HK$1. Either side could terminate the lease with three months' notice. The Lands Department said Lau's lease expired last November. He was given a final notice to leave in March.