Date
25 May 2017
A bag of homemade orange wine (inset) and other unauthorized items were seized from Hei Ling Chau prisoner dormitories, prompting disciplinary action on some inmates. Photos: Picasa/hkhistory2009, Internet
A bag of homemade orange wine (inset) and other unauthorized items were seized from Hei Ling Chau prisoner dormitories, prompting disciplinary action on some inmates. Photos: Picasa/hkhistory2009, Internet

Prisoners stage sit-in at Hei Ling Chau correctional facility

The Hei Ling Chau Correctional Institution saw prisoners stage a sit-in on Monday in a protest against disciplinary action taken by authorities recently on some inmates found in possession of unauthorized items.

At around 2 pm, about 40 prisoners refused to leave the canteen for work, demanding that disciplinary action taken against four inmates be quashed, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Correctional Services Department (CSD) officials rejected the demand and urged the protesters to call off the strike.

After repeated warnings, the protesters proceeded to the workshops in batches.

The CSD had earlier announced disciplinary action on four inmates after a search operation led to the discovery of unauthorized items in prisoner dormitories.

One of the items seized was a bag of homemade orange wine. 

The inmates who were suspected of breaking the rules were stripped of their normal privileges and placed under investigation.

Established in 1994, Hei Ling Chau Correctional Institution houses male adult offenders who pose medium security risk.

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