Editor’s note: Jao Tsung-I Academy is classified as a Grade III historic building in Hong Kong. It was built in commemoration of Chinese sinologist, calligrapher, historian and painter, Jao Tsung-I. It is also close to a residential area, just 10-minute walk from Mei Foo Sun Chuen.
The government planned to turn Heritage Lodge in Jao Tsung-I Academy into a quarantine centre. Over a hundred Mei Foo residents protested against the proposal. Roadblocks were set, and citizens had several minor conflicts with riot police.
The crowd remained on site late at night, and conflicts were started. At around 22:00, riot police entered Mei Foo Sun Chuen, a residential area near Mei Foo MTR station. The blue flag was raised later to disperse the onlookers in that area.
At around 23:15, riot police arrived to clear roadblocks. Some officers held pepper ball guns, while some shone torches in different directions. They requested the citizens to stop using laser pointers, otherwise pepper ball guns will be deployed. While this was going on, some riot police already had their guns aimed at the crowd.
Source: RTHK, Real Time News Broadcasts