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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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Justice Bat
Pro-PRC person.
Dai Muff
Actually if you bothered to acquaint yourself with what actually happened, and what the issues are, you would realise this is a very good example of what a teacher should be. Like many HK people I am sick of the government and the police turning a blind eye to the provocations of the so-called "Youth Care Association".
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.
When is this weekend circus in the streets of Hong Kong going to stop?
To those waving British colonial flags and other senseless banners , remember the words of King Edward VIII. uttered in Wales in 1936 ; "Something must be done"
If you continue with this nonsense, it will be !
But probably not what you are expecting.
Dai Muff
Threats now? Tsk tsk.
there are actually NON PAID people who would march to defend overzealous police?
do these humans actually exist ?
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!
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.
maecheung's logic is ridiculous and nothing-based.




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