• Short Summary

    AS HONG KONG'S RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMME REACHED AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE THIS WEEK WITH THE MILLIONTH SETTLER MOVING INTO A NEWLY COMPLETED GOVERNMENT HOUSING ESTATE, ILLEGAL SQUATTERS WERE BEGINNING TO POSE AN INCREASING PROBLEM FOR THE AUTHORITIES.

  • Description

    AS HONG KONG'S RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMME REACHED AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE THIS WEEK WITH THE MILLIONTH SETTLER MOVING INTO A NEWLY COMPLETED GOVERNMENT HOUSING ESTATE, ILLEGAL SQUATTERS WERE BEGINNING TO POSE AN INCREASING PROBLEM FOR THE AUTHORITIES.

    HEART OF THE TROUBLE IS TSUEN WAN WHERE THE SQUATTERS HAVE BUILT HUTS ON THE MANY TERRACES CUT INTO THE HILLSIDES BY THE GOVERNMENT IN PREPARATION FOR A HUGE PROGRAMME OF RESIDENTIAL AND FACTORY BUILDING.

    THERE IS ALREADY A LARGE RESETTLEMENT AREA NEARBY WHERE AS NORMAL THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWS AN AUTHORISED "RESITE" AREA FRO PEOPLE WHO WILL SHORTLY BE RESETTLED.

    THE UNAUTHORISED SQUATTERS HUTS HAVE APPEARED DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS AND THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ALL MADE OF THE SAME MATERIALS, TIN AND PRESSED WOOD BOARD, HAS LED AUTHORITIES TO BELIEVE THAT IT IS A CONCENTRATED MOVE BY THE COMMUNISTS IN THE COLONY.

    UNOCCUPIED TERRACES HAVE ALREADY BEEN MARKED OUT INTO PLOTS.

    POLICE ARRIVE IN THE AREA IN REGULAR PATROLS BUT SOME OF THE SQUATTERS HAVE SAID THAT THERE WILL BE TROUBLE IF ANY ATTEMPT IS MADE TO MOVE THEM ON OR TO PULL DOWN THEIR HUTS.

    NOTICES HAVE BEEN PUT ON EACH HUT BY THE RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT SAYING THAT THE STRUCTURE IS ILLEGAL AND THAT IF IT IS NOT REMOVED THE AUTHORITIES WILL PULL IT DOWN AND CONFISCATE THE MATERIALS.

    SO NOW EITHER THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOTHING, LOSING FACE IN THE PROCESS, OR IT MOVES IN RESULTING IN POSSIBLE TROUBLE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACK0KF5GAC1DWJMPXAKYKS6ZNU
    Media URN:
    VLVACK0KF5GAC1DWJMPXAKYKS6ZNU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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