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PLA Dock Controversy; Public Debate Under Threat?; Dog Breeding Licences too Lenient; Choi Yuen Tsuen Villagers in Limbo (19 Apr 2013)


It’s an old complaint that too few areas of Hong Kong island’s northern waterfront are open to public access. And now there’s new controversy that one area in Central may be zoned for exclusive military use. Right next to the People’s Liberation Army Garrison Headquarters in Central, a berth for military vessels is under construction and apparently almost completed. And yet, planning permission for the construction has not been approved.   Is public debate on constitutional reform and other political subjects in Hong Kong under threat? There have been an increasing number of chaotic scenes at public debates on constitutional reform, particularly at the hands of organisations like Caring Hong Kong Power. With us in the studio is an organiser of a recent disrupted debate: Joseph Cheng.   At a food safely and environmental hygiene panel in the legislative council on Tuesday, legislators once again discussed proposed amendments to dog breeding laws. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is suggesting that breeders should apply for different forms of license in accordance with the scale of their breeding operations. Animal lovers want just one licence, and one that demands adherence to a strict code of conduct.   Two years ago, despite their protests, the villagers of Choi Yuen Tsuen were forced out of their homes as their village was demolished to make way for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. The government moved them to temporary accommodation until a new village could be built. And they are still there, trapped between an inactive government and intransigent neighbours.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, April 19, 2013
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