‘Delayed justice’: Hong Kong street sleepers get HK$100 each for belongings lost in gov’t cleaning operation

A group of street sleepers who sued the government for damages after riot police and cleaners tossed away their personal belongings in 2019 have won their case.

Claimants Chan Chi-wing (left) and Hung Tat-fu (right). Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

The Small Claims Tribunal ruled in favour of eight claimants on Tuesday, who complained that their bedding, clothing, a wheelchair and other items were thrown away as rubbish when police and staff from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) cleared the Tung Chau Street Park during an anti-crime operation on December 21, 2019.

It was the third time community organiser Ng Wai-tung of the Society for Community Organization (SoCO) filed claims against the government on behalf of homeless individuals. But Tuesday marked the first time such claims reached a verdict in the tribunal, as previous complaints were resolved through settlements.

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