The High Court has granted the management company of Leung King Estate’s market a temporary injunction forbidding illegal hawker activities at the open area and podium at Leung King plaza.

The lawsuit was filed by Uni-China (Market) Management Limited – their management contract was outsourced to them by Kong Shum Union Property Management (Holding) Limited. Security at the market was in turn outsourced to Ever Hero Enterprises Limited.

Arguments broke out over street hawkers in Leung King during Chinese New Year. Photo: Stand News.

Neither the plaintiff nor the defendant – listed as “individuals engaging in illegal hawking activities at Leung King estate” – made an appearance in court on Friday.

The plaintiff originally applied for an injunction that covered the whole area of Leung King Estate, but the judge said that it was too wide. The barrister representing the company said a notice will be posted at the relevant location once the document has been stamped by the court, Ming Pao reported. The judge stressed that the injunction only covers illegal hawking and not other legal activities.

The “security officers” at Leung King Estate. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

The injunction application stated that the defendants had been selling food without a licence in the area opposite the market from dusk till the early hours of the morning since February. Quarrels had broken out as a result. The plaintiff asked to be compensated for losses.

The proceedings came as the market’s “security officers” were accused of setting up metal barricades and beating illegal hawkers at Tuen Mun’s Leung King Estate last month. Concerns were raised over the identities of the “officers” and whether they had the authority to disperse the hawkers.

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Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.