• Short Summary

    A PROTEST HAS BEEN MADE IN PEKING FOLLOWING A PLAN BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO DEMOLISH ABOUT 200 HOUSES IN PART OF KOWLOON'S "WALLED CITY" AND RESETTLE ITS RESIDENTS.

  • Description

    A PROTEST HAS BEEN MADE IN PEKING FOLLOWING A PLAN BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO DEMOLISH ABOUT 200 HOUSES IN PART OF KOWLOON'S "WALLED CITY" AND RESETTLE ITS RESIDENTS.

    THE OLD WALLED CITY IS AN AREA OF SOME SIX AND A HALF ACRES AND FORMS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ON THE CHINESE MAINLAND WHICH CHINA LEASED TO BRITAIN IN 1808.

    IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN PEKING ON THURSDAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC HAD HANDED A PROTEST TO THE BRITISH CHARGE D'AFFAIRES THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT'S ACTION WAS A "SERIOUS ENCROACHMENT ON CHINA'S SOVEREIGNTY".

    ON FRIDAY LEADERS OF THE "ANTI-DEMOLITION AND ANTI-RESETTLEMENT ASSOCIATION", CLAIMING TO REPRESENT THE ESTIMATED 30,000 GOVERNMENT HAD NO JURISDICTION OVER THE AREA.

    THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT PLANS TO DEMOLISH AN AREA, INVOLVING ABOUT 2,000 RESIDENTS, UNDER THE COLONY'S SLUM CLEARANCE PROGRAMME AND RESETTLE THE PEOPLE IN A MODERN MULTI-STOREY BLOCK.

    SOME OF THE RESIDENTS ARE REPORTED TO HAVE ACCEPTED RESETTLEMENT BUT OTHERS HAVE NOT -- SOME FOR BUSINESS REASONS.THE MOVE WILL NOT ALLOW THESE TO OPERATE BUSINESSES IN THE RESETTLEMENT AREAS WITHOUT GOVERNMENT CONTROL.AT PRESENT THEY ARE WITHOUT CONTROL OF ANY KIND.

    THEIR CONTENTION IS THAT CHINA HAS NEVER PASSED ITS SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE WALLED CITY TO BRITAIN AT ANY TIME AND THAT THE CHINESE HAVE CONTINUED TO RUN THEIR OWN AFFAIRS.

    BRITAIN HAS CLAIMED JURISDICTION OVER THE AREA SINCE 1899, WHEN AN ORDER-IN-COUNCIL DECLARED THE AREA TO BE "PART AND PARCEL OF HER MAJESTY'S COLONY OF HONG KONG".THE WALLS OF THE CITY WERE DESTROYED DURING THE JAPANESE INVASION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6P6WO9LLY1RYCCAJI78UM4YI5
    Media URN:
    VLVA6P6WO9LLY1RYCCAJI78UM4YI5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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