Police Complaints Council Ignores Complaints, Lesbian Couple Fights for Dependent Rights, New Holiday Proposed
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Police Complaints Council Shrugs Off 30,000 Complaints
The Independent Police Complaints Council has received 30,748 complaints since October 17, 2014 against 10 of its own members, all of which they have classified as “unfounded” or “unsubstantial.” Complaints were issued against members such as Shanxi CPPCC member Lawrence Ma, who was named more than 28,000 times, IPCC Chairman Larry Kwok and Vice Chairman Chan Kin-por, who were each mentioned on almost 17,000 occasions. The Council replied that more than 20,000 of the complaints had been sent from the social media account of internet radio station D100. The IPCC said that the complaints largely criticized the “biased” position of the IPCC with regards to Occupy Central. Chairman Larry Kwok responded that these complaints were merely “expressions of opinion.”
Our take: So what do you call 800,000 people on the streets of Hong Kong? Also “unsubstantial”?
Lesbian Couple Fights for Dependent Rights
A lesbian couple has challenged the Immigration Department for refusing to recognize their civil union when processing a dependent visa. Lawyers for the Immigration Department have argued that same-sex marriage is illegal and the Department has a duty to protect “the social well-being of Hong Kong.” Lawyers for the couple say that denying LGBT people the same benefits that others enjoy is discrimination against sexual orientation and gender, saying that even polygamous families may choose a “principal” wife to obtain a dependent visa. The case continues.
Our take: All you need is love… and a good legal team.
Weirdly Politicized New Holiday Coming Soon
Following the Chinese government’s declaration of September 3 as a one-off “Victory Day of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression” holiday, the Hong Kong government has proposed to follow suit. The day marks the 70th anniversary of Japan’s official World War II surrender ceremony in Tokyo. Critics suggest that it is part of the “China-ization” of Hong Kong, while some business owners are concerned that the unanticipated holiday will cause profits to dip. The “Special Holiday Bill” will be tabled at LegCo on May 27.
Our take: As if Hong Kong doesn’t have enough public holidays: Let’s add a weird creepy one too!