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Protest against HK quarantine

100 people braved rain and gathered in various districts

By Reuters in Hong Kong
  • Published 17.02.20, 12:45 AM
  • Updated 17.02.20, 12:45 AM
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Customers have lunch with a transparent plastic panel between them to help prevent the coronavirus from spreading in Hong Kong (AP file photo)

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.

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 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,” 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.

Protesters gathered in other districts as well.