Taipei City denies hosing homeless people in parks


TAIPEI–Taipei City Government officials denied yesterday that city workers sprayed homeless people with water at the Monga Park in Wanhua District.

The officials were responding to a video clip shown by human rights activists that shows members of an outsourced cleaning service team hosing down homeless people in the park in the middle of the night.

The city government’s Public Works Department sprays water to clean the park on a daily basis because it is littered with betel nut juice and human excrement, but the team has never hosed homeless people in the area, said Chang Chi-chiang, a city government spokesman.

In the future, night cleaning will be canceled and when city government staff clean the park, they will be accompanied by police who will “persuade” the homeless people to leave until the cleaning is completed, Chang added.