Photos by Ryan Lai

The jackfruit festival – an event in Wang Chau to celebrate the “king of the fruits” harvest – was held for the last time on Saturday. The fourth annual festival took place in an area of Yuen Long where residents of three villages face eviction this week to make way for a planned public housing estate.

Banner reads: “Hold dear to Wang Chau.” Photo: Ryan Lai.

As well as celebrating the less-controversial cousin of the durian, the festival also sought to draw attention to the plight of villagers trying to defend themselves against forced demolition.

Photo: Ryan Lai.

The event included stores peddling locally-made products such as jackfruit jams and mead, and saw a lineup of local music groups and performance art. Some stores also presented second-hand personal goods sold by the local villagers in anticipation of their eviction.

Photo: Ryan Lai.

Despite the villagers’ attempts to defend their homes since 2017, the eviction date for the roughly 400 villagers has been set for this Wednesday.

Messages supporting the Wang Chau villages. Photo: Ryan Lai.
Photo: Ryan Lai.
Banners condemning the redevelopment plans and demanding protection of the Wang Chau Green Belt Development. Photo: Ryan Lai.
Photo: Ryan Lai.
Banner reads: “Democratic planning.” Photo: Ryan Lai.
Photo: Ryan Lai
Photo: Ryan Lai.
Banner reads: “Don’t bulldoze Wang Chau’s grievances’. Photo: Ryan Lai.
Photo: Ryan Lai.
Photo: Ryan Lai.
Wang Chau redevelopment planning timeline Photo: Ryan Lai.
Photo: Ryan Lai.
“Resist land redevelopment; I want a community forum.” Photo: Ryan Lai.
Photo: Ryan Lai.
Photo: Ryan Lai.
Photo: Ryan Lai.
Photo: Ryan Lai.
HKFP speaks to co-organiser of the Jackfruit Festival Michael Leung

HKFP_Live: HKFP is at the Jackfruit Festival at Wang Chau villiage speaking to co-organiser Michael Leung.

Posted by Hong Kong Free Press HKFP on Saturday, 11 July 2020

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