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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Man threatens to jump off Yue Man Square over land resumption

A shop owner will be taken to meet management from the Urban Renewal Authority, after he threatened to jump off Yue Man Square today.
He threatened to jump off the rooftop in objection to URA’s land resumption at Yue Man Square.

The incident happened at around 10 am this morning. The man, surnamed Law, who is in his 70s, broke into Yue Man Square, which had been cordoned off, and got up to the rooftop. Pedestrians found out that Law was in such a dangerous spot and reported to the police.

The police and the firemen later arrived at the scene. The police cordoned off the site at Tung Yan Street, while the firemen prepared with the rescue cushion.

Gilbert Wong Kwong-hing, Commanding Officer of the Police Negotiation Cadre, arrived at the rooftop alongside 20 negotiation officers.

After the officers spoke to him Law’s attitude softened. He left the rooftop and returned to a safe place at around 2 pm. He was in stable condition and was brought away by the police.

Law owned a shop at Yue Man square and ran a company that provides cleaning service. The shop is now shutted with a notice, saying that it had been acquired by the Secretary for Justice.

The Authority said they have reached agreements with most owners. However a few of them refused to move out, even with raising the compensation. The Authority then had to acquire the buildings and land according to established mechanisms and judgements made by court.
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