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Coronavirus sparks boom for local farmers in import-dependent Hong Kong

by Su Xinqi After a coronavirus-fuelled wave of panic-buying briefly left Hong Kong’s supermarket shelves bare, residents are turning to local producers for fresh food in a city almost entirely reliant on imports. COVID-19 has threatened global supply chains as countries impose lockdowns and border restrictions, but for Hong Kong’s dwindling farming community, the pandemic […]

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Suspected arson attack at Fanling farmland at centre of dispute between villagers and property developer

A fire swept through an empty tin house at the Ma Shi Po farmland in the Northeast New Territories at noon on Tuesday, in a suspected case of arson. The farmland is at the centre of a long-running repossession and redevelopment saga. A government development plan from 2013 controversially allowed majority landowner Henderson Land Development to “exchange” the status of the […]

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Beginning of the end? Security guards clear land, remove guard post at Fanling community farm

Security guards hired by Henderson Land Development Company Limited have moved onto a piece of farmland at the Mapopo community farm in Ma Shi Po, Fanling, to clear the plot. A guard post built by the protesters has also been removed. An injunction allowing Henderson, the landowner, to take action to repossess the 5,500 square foot parcel of land […]

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Activists claim harassment as boxes of meat appear at farmland set for repossession

Boxes of meat have appeared around a Fanling community farm set to be repossessed by Henderson Land Development Company Limited on Tuesday afternoon. An injunction allowing Henderson to take action to reclaim the 5,500 square foot parcel of land was approved by the High Court on May 23. Despite several attempts which involved guards dismantling the guard post built […]

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Court green lights bailiffs to clear Fanling farmland as villagers and activists are warned to leave

The High Court has granted the request of a subsidiary of Henderson Land Development to send in bailiffs to reclaim a piece of farmland it owns in Fanling. A group of villagers and activists have continued occupying the 5,500 square foot parcel of land that Henderson has planned to take back for redevelopment, despite an earlier injunction being approved for subsidiary […]

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HKFP Lens: Electric city – the best shots from Hong Kong’s spectacular weekend thunderstorm

Hong Kong saw the hottest day in almost 50 years on Saturday, and it ended with a dramatic hours-long thunderstorm. Here are some of the best shots sent to HKFP of the spectacular lightning. Click here for part two. See also: HKFP Lens: The farmers and fighters of Mapopo Community Farm See also: HKFP Lens: Hong Kong’s ‘Blue Moment’ […]

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Hong Kong gov’t appeals sentences for protesters who opposed New Territories development plan

The Department of Justice has appealed against the sentencing of 13 protesters who stormed the Legislative Council to oppose the development of Northeast New Territories in 2014, saying that community service punishment was “too light.” The defendants include League of Social Democrats (LSD) Vice-Chairman Raphael Wong, Land Justice League convener Willis Ho and activist Billy Chiu. Last February, […]