Date
23 October 2017
Vendors at a decades-old fabric market in Sham Shui Po complain that a government-led relocation plan will prove too expensive for them. Photo: RTHK
Vendors at a decades-old fabric market in Sham Shui Po complain that a government-led relocation plan will prove too expensive for them. Photo: RTHK

Sham Shui Po fabric market vendors protest against relocation

Vendors at a decades-old fabric market in Sham Shui Po staged a protest on Monday over a government plan to relocate the hawkers.

Arguing that they were being forced to accept a costly relocation, a group of vendors marched from the Yen Chow Street Hawker Bazaar to the Pei Ho Street Municipal Services Building, RTHK reports.

The vendors were met by the Sham Shui Po district environmental hygiene superintendent, Lai Ka Kit, but they were not satisfied. 

They insisted on a direct dialogue with the Secretary for Food and Health, Ko Wing-man.

The protest came after the government proposed to move the hawkers into a temporary market at a discounted rent, ranging from around HK$3,000 to HK$5,000 per stall per month.

But the vendors complained that the rent is still too high and that the compensation they are being offered is insufficient.

They were also upset that 17 out of 50 unlicensed stalls at the bazaar have not been offered any compensation, on grounds that they cannot prove their “identity as vendors” there, the report says.

The 38-year-old fabric market in Sham Shui Po is due to close in February next year.

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