Yue Man Square shop owner locking himself up evicted by 100 URA staffers

Local | 4 May 2021 12:39 pm

A shop owner was carried away from his shop at Kwun Tong Yue Man Square this morning as the Urban Renewal Authority sent around 100 staffers to the scene.

More than a dozen street vendors and business owners faced eviction previously from the old Hong Kong neighborhood to make way for the city’s largest-ever redevelopment project.

Most businesses originally operating as unauthorized shops in Yue Man Square have accepted compensation deals from authorities, with only four unauthorized shop vendors refused to leave.

Around a hundred security guards hired by the authority arrived at the Kwun Tong stall at around 9am this morning, cordoning off the stall with crowd control barriers, The owner was carried out of the stall at around 10.30am.

According to reports, the stall owner being forced out today had received a second court order to leave last week.

The owner, surnamed Lam, was said to have chained himself to his stall in protest overnight, not satisfied with the compensation package offered by the authority.

He is set to miss out on the HK$90,000 allowance offered by the authority. The authority said Lam was operating from an unlicensed structure, so he was not entitled to receive the market value as he hoped.

Authorities last month evicted another shop owner in a sudden operation. The man had attempted to take his own life by jumping off a building in the area, but was talked down by rescuers.

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