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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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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.
likingming
Lam has apologized. When will pro-Lam follow ?
Shadow
SAR all departments are fully corrupt as example police/immigration/consumer council/transport authority/ from head to toe. Corrupt and cruel
Dai Muff
rjcjolly, You obviously haven't met the Youth Care Association. Talk about pushing up the Cultural Revolution rhetoric.
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?
jandajel
I accidentally got caught up in this yesterday and was appalled by the lack of crowd control by the police. Guess they were too busy soaking up the adulation from their supporters to do their job. I didn't know anything about this rally and was going to a shop on Sai Yeung Choi St. when the crowd suddenly came to a standstill with a lot of pushing and shoving going on. After a few minutes of this my body began to overheat and I became very dizzy and was ready to pass out.. Fortunately I heard a staff member from the Broadway store shout to the crowd that people could walk through the store and exit onto Nathan Rd. I think the public owes this young man some gratitude for preventing a few medical emergencies. I for one am grateful!
Camel
Hongkong is a Chinese City.
yellow_lynx_cat
I support you, as long as you support the preposition to do the same with Leticia Lee See-yin of the Parents' Association, as she also displayed her extreme and low EQ by shouting foul languages at people. Should Leticia Lee's kids be taken away from her ?
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.....
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.....

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