Coronavirus : Hong Kong protesters rally against planned virus quarantine centres
HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Hundreds of demonstrators rallied for a second day in Hong Kong on Sunday (Feb 16) to protest against plans to turn some buildings into coronavirus quarantine centres, reviving anti-government protests in the Chinese-ruled city.. Read more at straitstimes.com.HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Demonstrators rallied for a second day in Hong Kong on Sunday (Feb 16) to protest against plans to turn some buildings into coronavirus quarantine centres, reviving anti-government protests in the Chinese-ruled city. The virus has opened a new front for protesters after months of demonstrations over the perceived erosion of freedoms largely fizzled out over the past month, as people stayed at home amid fears of a community outbreak of the virus. About 100 people braved rain in the New Territories district of Fo Tan, where the authorities plan to use a newly built residential development that was subsidised by the government as a quarantine centre. Riot police stood by. A 38-year-old mother of two said she had waited eight years for her home in the Chun Yeung estate and was expecting to get her keys by the end of this month. "There's no consultation and we don't know how long they'll use Chun Yeung estate. That's why we are so mad," said the woman. Koby, 36, also expressed frustration at not being told for how long the public housing might be used for quarantine. "I've waited eight years. I have two children studying in kindergarten and have already transferred them to the school in Fo Tan," he said. Protesters gathered in other districts on Sunday. With Hong Kong property prices among the most expensive in the world, owning a home is a distant dream for many, and frustration over housing has triggered protests in the past. Many Hong Kong people, already angry about what they see as meddling by Beijing in the former British colony's affairs - which it denies - have criticised the government's handling of the virus scare, piling pressure on embattled city leader Carrie Lam. On Friday, the government sought to appease families that have been allocated a flat in the Fo Tan estate by pledging a special subsidy. Three weeks ago, protesters set alight the lobby of a newly built residential building in another district in the New Territories that the authorities had planned to use as a quarantine facility. The government dropped the plan. Hong Kong has had 57 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. One person has died of it in the city. Some Hong Kong people have called on the city government to seal the border with the mainland to block the virus, but Mrs Lam has ruled that out. Related Stories: Read more: The Straits Times
It is not because the people are afraid of the virus, we have no trust on the HKGovt. Carrie Lam refused to block the influx of people from China with the virus. The govt give all protection to hkpolicebrutality but medic have to buy masks to work. Hongkongers protest the setup of quarantine centres not because they are not sympathetic BUT because the locations are in extreme proximity of residential areas and the government has told lies and never consulted the people! 1/2
Virus quarantine centers should not locate in the community where lots of middle-aged and elderly citizens living nearby, otherwise the chances of disease outbreak would greatly increase! Apparently, there are other places in HK that are suitable for building these centers. planned virus quarantine centres aren't exactly the problem. but setting them up right in the middle of packed residential area certainly is! the gov't could've chosen the disneyland hotel, away from residential area, or a hospital that's not in use, or at least consult first...
When closing all borders with China is the most effective way to prevent the CoronavirusOutbreak, our gov refused to do so. And now they want to set up the quarantine centres in the densely populated neighbourhood, right next to ppl’s house. Thanks CarrieLam. It’s so evil to place quarantine Centre in a congested community! There are actually a lot of other alternatives! Carrie Lam wants to kill us all?
Still protesting This is not acceptable to have quarantine centers in residential areas, where thousands of healthy people living there The centers should be far from citizens to prevent further infections HK protestors must be happily enjoying all their rights to wear their masks. They are fully ready for covid-19 ways in advance. Visionary for selfish protestive reason. Not much helping to solve the misery of its people though. Pity the once eastern pearl, now eastern rot.
Our gov is good at sustaining the virus spreading but not our society's development. WuhanCoronavirusOutbreak
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Hong Kong gov't refuses to close the China border during coronavirus epidemic but instead setup WuhanPneumonia clinics in the densely populated residential area . Is this a joke? COVIDー19 Can’t the government just keep the mainlanders out of our borders? Yes but they just won’t Hongkies expect patients sent to Wuhan.
When the government did nothing for the sake of their citizens, it’s normal to have numerous protests. The world should now understand that CCP is a globa lethal virus. hkproteators are frontline of upholding universal values. All civilized countries should StandwithHK! Today a quarantine centre near your home, Tomorrow your home for quarantine centre. The HKGov said : Take the offer or the pepper. HongKong CoronavirusOutbreak
Hk govt refuse close the border at beginning and set up the isolation camp without negotiating with district council, there are no trust between govt and citizens If Hong Kong govt shut our borders, we don’t need so many quarantine centers. Right now Carrie Lam even turns some public estates into centers without any consultations. That’s typical Communist China tyranny. The police again arbitrarily attacks innocents. Request sanctions!
The government never listen to the community members, but forcing the policy implementation directly. How can they ensure the risk of local outbreak would gradually decreased if the boarders keep opening to connect with the Mainland? StandWithHongKong The people here should not pay the price of the stupid government measures against the ChinaVirus
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Carrie Lam’s gov do not have any regard for the HK people. How can things go back to where they were when confidence in the legitimacy and competence of the government has been shattered. With such a low popularity rating, how can Carrie Lam lead HK to fight the epidemic? HKers ONLY WANT to stop MainlandChinese entering HK & spreading ChinaziVirus CarrieLam governs HK by distorting & ignoring demands of HKers Lam bolsters HKPoliceBrutality to suppress HKProtesters who raise close ChinaBorder & clinics ChinaPneumonia CoronavirusOutbreak
The government definitely neglected the voice of people, now she even neglect the safety and health of people. This is already not our government. We must have the right to overthrow it. All the virus quarantine centers are too near to resident. Actually, HongKong government can use a closed hospital, Hong Kong Central Hospital, for quarantine center. But CarrieLam and HK government don't consider this hospital.
Sigh Quarantine centres at urban areas= more people are likely to be infected. Whats the logic? HK gov just do whatever they want without having to answer to the people. They don’t have any plan for disease management. Because they are too busy kissing China’s ass to do their jobs. It is just too dangerous to set quarantine centres close to residential and industrial area. It may cause serious outbreak.
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Hong Kong international schools say they may not survive health crisis'If the specific needs of international schools cannot be rapidly addressed, this will very likely trigger decisions of families to leave Hong Kong in the coming weeks.'