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Alpais Lam Wai-sze

Alpais Lam Wai-sze, a teacher at Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood in Fanling, sparked a protest in Mong Kok on August 4, 2013, after a viral video from July 14 showed her shouting profanity at police officers. In the clip, Lam was seen openly criticising the way the police were handling a confrontation between the Falun Gong and the Youth Care Association. Lam has taught for 18 years and won the Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence in the 2010/2011 academic year.

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Pro-police protesters clash with rival group in rally sparked by teacher video

Rally sparked by video of teacher shouting abuse at officers escalates into political row

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 August, 2013, 8:58am

Scuffles broke out between hundreds of supporters of an outspoken teacher and her detractors in Mong Kok yesterday as both sides staged political rallies that erupted into chaos.

The protests were triggered by an online video of Alpais Lam Wai-sze, a primary school teacher at Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood in Fanling, in which she is seen shouting at police officers over their handling of a dispute between the Falun Gong and the Youth Care Association.

Yesterday's rallies escalated into a political row with some protesters storming a stage set up for a pro-police rally and waving the colonial Hong Kong flag, as well as Taiwanese, Tibetan and British flags. They also chanted slogans in support of Lam.

The pro-police rally was delayed by about half an hour and only managed to start with the help of officers who built a human chain to separate supporters and their opposition.

The organisers, the Parents' Association of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Action - who were protesting against the teacher - said the rally was to "support police to enforce laws strictly" and to keep "obscenity culture away from schools".

Leticia Lee See-yin of the Parents' Association said they were not attacking Lam personally. "We aren't against her [Lam] ... I think she lost her emotions [when shouting at officers]."

Gregory Lau Tat-keung, a former superintendent of Sham Shui Po district, said on stage: "Tolerant officers does not mean weak officers."

Next to the pro-police rally, radical lawmaker Wong Yuk-man led a crowd in the pro-Lam rally by chanting foul language and condemning what they said was an all-out effort by pro-police groups to intimidate Lam.

"If we don't back Ms Lam today, the next target will be us," Wong said.

The video was recorded on July 14 when Lam openly criticised the way police were dealing with the dispute involving the Falun Gong. Police threatened to arrest Lam when she asked for an explanation of why they had cordoned off the area near Sai Yeung Choi Street where the dispute was taking place.

Lam shouted foul language at the officers. The video was later uploaded onto YouTube and went viral late last month.

Police estimated that about 2,800 people took part in the rallies at their peak. All shops on the street level of the area closed their doors for more than two hours.


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Why should pro-Lam apologize ? If you had been there on Sunday, Leticia Lee See-yin with all her messed up head and retarded discourse, was a perfect example of monster mother and Pharisee parent!!!
What? The foul mouth, the ungainly behaviour? I would not like my children to be taught by her.
Dai Muff
Stop distracting from the issue. Perhaps you might complain about "Caring Hong Kong Power" and what your kids would hear around them some time soon if you hate "foul mouths" so much.
No? I thought not.
I do think that most government officials are not corrupt though most of them are getting more selfish and do things that are seen to be politically correct especially in the eyes of their bosses. They believe that as long as they favour the ones that are cherished by the Government and beat down those who are deemed the opposition they will get promoted. I am pretty sure that they are not as corrupt as police were in the 'Godber era' and certainly a far cry from their counterparts on the mainland. That said, there seems to be a lack of willingness to serve the public.In the past those joining the government had to forego the lucrativeness of some private sector jobs and in return they were provided with job security and income security where there were pay rises during some bad times. Now youngsters with solid academic background seek to join the Government to escape the realities of a brutal private sector.
Corrupt SAR officials
Your presumption is that a universal election system will generate chaos. Your other presumption is that too many voices and demands makes a chaotic society. It is better that many voices can have their say then having one man/group to rule them all. If you think the latter is better, why overthrow the Qing/Manchu rule? Why don't we be like North Korea?!
As everyone said, this chaos is there only because freaking China can't keep its claws off Hong Kong. If China really did the "One country two systems" and let HK be, and the so called government haven't become the goons and thugs of China, this wouldn't have happened. As an old Chinese saying goes: who's the 1st and who's the 15th?
Wong said it himself, if the 'government' did their thing correctly like in the pre-1997 days, he wouldn't have a market of supporters. You 50cents only tell people one side of the coin and try to scratch out the other side. Shame on you, 50cents (shy of a dollar)!
It is a preview of nothing. It is here and now, in the Hong Kong deprived of universal suffrage you guys like so much...
hard times !
in this online video, the primary teacher Ms Lam Wai-see appeared out of control and impolite to the cops for not allowiing her in the cordon line (where some Falun Gong followers and Youth Care Associaiton stationed). Two of the middle-aged police officers appeared patient and calm enough. One of them also reminded her that she was a teacher and should not behave so rudely and even speak foul language, 'what the fxxk !' as many students would watch the video. Of course, this is only part of the whole scene/story ! The whole story began with Ms Lam and her husband walked past that pedestrian zone on July 14th and noticed the booth of Falun Gong was surrounded by banners of Youth Care Assn. (Ms Lam thought that Falun Gong members had got the right to express themselves here in Hong Kong ) .When cops were summoned, they just set up a cordon line around these two rival groups of people but did not attempt to separate them to avoid any conflicts.Later, Ms Lam tried to enter the cordon area but was warned by the cops there and a heated argument broke out ! Of course, Ms Lam really has to apologize for her words uttered and acts done. The calmness of these two police officers should be praised too. Anyway, this incident should come to an end and no more fuss for the harmony of our society !
here is a perfect example....



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