Police on Sunday moved in to clear a crowd of Fo Tan residents who gathered to protest against the government's revival of a plan to use newly completed public housing estates for quarantine purposes.
The protest erupted after officials including Undersecretary for Health Chui Tak-yi met Sha Tin district councillors to discuss the use of the Chun Yeung Estate to house people who've been in contact with coronavirus patients.
The government said last month that it had put on hold work to prepare new public housing for quarantine purposes after fierce protests at an estate in Fanling, during which fires were started in one new building.
The government confirmed on Saturday that the idea of using public housing was back on the agenda as existing quarantine facilities at holiday camps were full, with the Chun Yeung Estate estate earmarked for quarantine use.
Some councillors attempted to stop officials from leaving after being disappointed by the outcome of their meeting at the Shan Mei Street playground. A group blocked streets nearby before riot police moved in to break up the demonstration.
The government said it had to ensure the SAR had sufficient quarantine facilities and stressed that the people held at quarantine centres were only those who'd had contact with patients, not confirmed or suspected cases.
It said people held at the centres would not be allowed to leave.
Earlier in the afternoon, police clashed with protesters in Sai Kung who were also opposed to a new quarantine centre. There was also a protest over the use of a clinic in Tai Po for quarantine purposes.
Last updated: 2020-02-09 HKT 21:44