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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.
O so they are thugs and goons when you dont agree with them? SO what about those pan dems radicals. More than enough picture and video have been taken of their violent behaviour. No? But it was ok cause their banner is under the "democracy" camp or its freedom of speech, and a whole **** load of excuses. Funny thing is even some moderate dems are victims of these radicals dems, no? Not long ago Wong and his goons and thugs were ironically on full power attacking its own allies.
What pre 1997 level? The so called good old days was nothing more than a Financial crisis in the making? Aka a illusion of good times?
SAR police is big shame for SAR citizens
SAR police force fully corrupt and failed force.time will prove keep my words
Where is CY? He needs to be more proactive in handling political matters like this. This is his time to shine.
The policemen were not calm. The cordon line lacked legality as it was endangering both the Falun Gong followers and Youth Care Association people in it. Youth Care Association deliberated stormed the Falun Gong counters which have been in the spot for years without causing any trouble. The Police refused to explain to Miss Lam on what legal basis the Police sealed off the area and the Police threatened arrest, acted arrogantly and turned a blind eye to the thuggish acts of the Youth Care Association.
Hong Kong has been and will always be a Chinese city, full stop.
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)
Dai Muff
Threats now? Tsk tsk.
there are actually NON PAID people who would march to defend overzealous police?
do these humans actually exist ?
maecheung's logic is ridiculous and nothing-based.



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