HK protesters rally against planned virus quarantine centres

  • Monday 17, February 2020 10:21 AM
  • HK protesters rally against planned virus quarantine centres
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Hundreds of demonstrators rallied for a second day in Hong Kong on Sunday 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 had 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 authorities plan to use a newly built residential development that was subsidized 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," she the woman.

Father-of-two 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.