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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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ngsw
I was flabbergasted by the T-shirt she was wearing in a gathering organised by a radical political body. I wouldn't leave my children to the hands of a teacher wearing a T-shirt with printed words simulating a very abusive foul language built from 7 Chinese characters. (Only Cantanese know the full meaning of the swear words.) She should feel ashamed of it. Her mind filled with foul language?
yellow_lynx_cat
It reminds me about a Jesus criticism of hypocrites like you. The fly is abusive foul language, the camel is falsehood, lies, injustice.
You filtered out a fly from your cup but drink in a whole camel!!! (Camel was regarded as more unclean than a fly)
yellow_lynx_cat
I was flabbergasted by Leticia Lee See-yin of the Parents' Association vapid and retarded words when she ignored the violence of Youth Care Association. Clearly she had schizophrenia, and I can help find a bed for her in asylum.....
Dai Muff
Gotta love the Hong Kong police. Not only do they take a year to find a highly visible activist, their oh-so sensitive feelings are hurt by a schoolteacher swearing at them. Hope the triads are more polite.
yellow_lynx_cat
Our Police have feelings that are easily hurt and a very vulnerable body, like they are made of glass, don't even touch them - their ego and their body are extremely brittle.....
chuchu59
I was taught by my teacher on the meaning of taking words 'out of context'. I havent seen the video clip nor the full length version but if someone uses the cut version and makes a big fuss out of it whilst doing away with the other parts it may be perceived as a biased version.
yellow_lynx_cat
A lot of the people, which I regarded as mordern day Pharisee parents, choosed to overlook the fact that Miss Lam is standing up against the injustice of the Police on July 14 in their way of handling the thugs that deliberately disrupted the display of Falungong at the Mongkok pedestrian area.
Falungong have been there putting up their exhibition for years peacefully, until recently a group of people calling themselves the Youth Care Association stormed the Falungong exhibition, and even pushed the Falungong members. The Police did not separate the two groups but cordoned off them together. Miss Lam was questioning the unfair way of the Police and the Police responded to her in threatening and arrogant manners (the whole incident was caught on YouTube, showing the the Police's wrongdoings). Miss Lam was faced with officers that could not be reasoned with and out of frustration she slipped her mouth. How could anyone blamed her or judge her on this when Police officers were being unfair ? The original video was later doctored by people probably linked to the Youth Care Association to frame her, leaving out the parts the Police mistreated her.
Further more the original footage (and other footage) showed that the Youth Care Association shouted abusive languages and hit Police in a few instances, but the Police chose to turn a blind eye.
Please look at the whole picture before you judge.
likingming
Lam has apologized. When will pro-Lam follow ?
yellow_lynx_cat
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!!!
carmeledwin
I think that it is time to call a halt to both sides. It is time to let go of the matter and move forward. However, I do feel that the Education Bureau needs to withdraw and cancel the teaching license of this Ms. Alpais Lam Wai-sze as she has proven herself to be not a fit and proper person to teach children. As a parent, I do not wish to run any risk of my child being taught by a person who can be so foul mouth, even in public, and we have no idea as to where she will be teaching in future. This is a very bad example of what a teacher should be as well. This is nothing to do with freedom of speech, but with professionalism. A professional would not have done that.

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