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In Pictures: Hong Kong street sleepers demand compensation after possessions thrown away

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A dozen street sleepers in Hong Kong have demanded compensation for possessions including a wheelchair which were thrown away when police and government workers cleared the park where they were living last December.

The claimants and their representatives from the non-profit Society for Community Organization (SoCO) made their first appearance at the Small Claims Tribunal in mid-August. Their claims relate to an operation on December 21, 2019, when a group of riot police searching for drugs and Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) street cleaners cleared the Tung Chau Street Park in Sham Shui Po without prior notice.

Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

The LCSD-managed recreational area is home to at least 20 street sleepers, said Ng Wai-tung, a community organiser at SoCO with two decades of experience helping the homeless in the district. Most of them sleep on mattresses or folding beds near the park’s octagonal pavilion, with clothes, food and other possessions stored in nylon canvas bags, small suitcases or plastic boxes.

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