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FEATURE: Special rural land rights for men roil Hong Kong

AFP, HONG KONG

“It’s already so hard for them to have their applications approved, never mind girls. They should solve this problem first,” she said.

Stanley Ho, an indigenous activist who grew up in a tiny village of just a few dozen people in a country park, watched as fields around his village were replaced by houses, and as decades-old trees were cut down to make way for illegal roads in recent years to facilitate construction.

He called on the government to work with the Heung Yee Kuk, environmental groups and rural representatives to decide on a way to end the “unfair policy” while still improving the living environment for villagers.

“Our generation has to speak out, and we have to control our own space,” Ho said. “If we don’t manage it then the developers will take over.”

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