Ping Yeung Mural Village in the New Territories with Shenzhen’s Lo Wu district in the background. Photo: Roy Issa

Can the Lands Resumption Ordinance offer a way out of Hong Kong’s housing crisis and quell protests?

  • Hong Kong’s largest pro-Beijing party has called on the government to seize private developers’ land for public housing
  • Some accuse Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong of trying to win back voters it fears lost ahead of district council elections
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Ping Yeung Mural Village in the New Territories with Shenzhen’s Lo Wu district in the background. Photo: Roy Issa
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The Lands Resumption Ordinance allows the government to take back privately leased land for an established ‘public purpose’. Photo: Winson Wong

Beijing piles pressure on Hong Kong developers, calling on government to seize land being ‘hoarded for profit’

  • Three commentaries published by state media single out unaffordable housing as a ‘root cause’ behind young people taking to the streets in anti-government protests
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam has previously been reluctant to invoke law in past pointing to potential legal ramifications of such a move
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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The Lands Resumption Ordinance allows the government to take back privately leased land for an established ‘public purpose’. Photo: Winson Wong
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