Oc­cupy Lan­tau Kicks Off

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Around 60 Lan­tau Is­land vil­lagers blocked the moun­tain pass of Keng Shan Road on south Lan­tau to protest the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to im­prove trans­port in­fra­struc­ture in the area, and its in­tro­duc­tion of cars from the rest of Hong Kong. Non­res­i­dents’ cars are banned in south Lan­tau. In Fe­bru­ary this year, the gov­ern­ment launched a scheme to let in 25 pri­vate cars per week­day in an ef­fort to boost tourism. Pro­test­ers ex­pressed con­cerns that the scheme, along with the gov­ern­ment’s plans to de­velop the is­land, would make traf­fic con­di­tions on the is­land more dan­ger­ous and that roads can­not cater to the in­creased de­mand. The pro­test­ers brought traf­fic on the road to a stand­still for nearly half an hour, be­fore agree­ing with po­lice to keep to one side of the road. Our take: We’re sure Lan­tau’s wild cat­tle would be grate­ful for bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture, too…

Il­lus­tra­tion: Elaine Tang

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