A public hearing on development plans for the northeast New Territories turned chaotic on Tuesday, forcing officials of the Town Planning Board (TPB) to terminate the meeting after a protester was injured in a scuffle, Apple Daily reported.
The session, which was originally intended to be the last in a series of public consultations on the government proposals, was well attended by members of the public, including more than 30 members of the North East Development Concern Group.
But the discussions became heated when members of the concern group suddenly approached TPB chairman Thomas Chow Tat-ming and demanded that attendees be given more time to speak out. The group is opposing the government’s proposal to convert farmland in northeast New Territories into two new towns.
Activist Ng Cheuk-hang, 21, fell to the ground while trying to take photos of the chaotic scene. Television footages showed that Ng was pushed by TPB staff member Ng Chu-bun, who was later taken to the North Point police station for investigation.
Ng Cheuk-hang was rushed to the hospital after sustaining head and shoulder injuries.
Lee Siu-wah, chairman of the concern group, said they were seeking an explanation as to why the TPB only recorded some 300 authorizations from NT villagers seeking to appeal the development proposals, when their own record showed that the group had obtained more than 1,000 authorizations.
Lee also slammed TPB staff for using violence on members of the group.
Chow, who is also the permanent secretary for development, said it was regrettable that the meeting had to be terminated, adding that police were investigating the incident.
The TPB has scheduled two more meetings next week.
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