177 300x199 Hong Kong’s homeless crackdown Government-approved operations to ‘cleanse the streets’ have recently taken a sinister turn. Shirley Zhao revisits the now infamous ‘Tung Chau incident’. Photography by Calvin Sit

Cheung Muk-lun has been homeless for 40 years. He has weathered all sorts of trials and tribulations in his time. But one early morning this February, just as a bitter cold front swept through Hong Kong, Cheung lost his shoes, his bag of spare clothes, and his camp bed and quilt. But it wasn’t the weather which took his belongings. It was the government.

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