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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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Teacher says sorry again for Mong Kok row - but not to police

Woman apologises to school while insisting officers were impolite in Mong Kok dispute

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 August, 2013, 2:48pm
UPDATED : Monday, 12 August, 2013, 8:59am

The teacher at the centre of a chaotic Mong Kok rally on Sunday has apologised for the second time to her school, pupils and their parents over remarks she made to the police two week ago.

Alpais Lam Wai-sze said she hoped the row would come to an end - but she said she would not say sorry to the officers she flung foul language at because they were impolite to her in the first place.

Rally organiser Leticia Lee See-yin, of the Parents' Association, said Lam should apologise directly to the police.

On July 14, police were called in after members of the Youth Care Association encircled Falun Gong members holding a rally near Sai Yeung Choi Street and displaying banners.

Officers cordoned off the area but Lam slammed the way they were dealing with the dispute and was threatened twice with arrest.

The heated exchange was recorded on video, and on Sunday, a full-scale row broke out between Lam's supporters and detractors in the pro-police rally.

"I still think the way those officers handled the dispute was inappropriate," she said. "Their [way of expression] was inappropriate in the first place, so I won't apologise to them."

But she regretted the trouble the incident brought to her primary school, the Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood in Fanling, she said, so she apologised again and hoped to put the matter behind her.

"Enough is enough, and [the incident] should come to an end," she said. "Everyone should start a new life in peace."

Lam praised police arrangements on Sunday, when officers formed a human chain to separate the two sides from further scuffles. "If [the dispute between] the Falun Gong and Youth Care Association had been handled in the same way, I believe I would not have shouted at anyone on the street that day," she said.

Lee said: "It's Lam's choice to refuse to apologise to the officers on duty that day, but it means she thinks she was right."

She said she had received threatening calls before the rally and had suffered minor injuries when someone stormed the stage and hit her on the arm. Lee said the anonymous calls continued after the rally and she had not gone home that night.

Separately, police have identified two men who allegedly assaulted Ming Pao photographer Tang Chung-wang.

Tang said he saw protesters push a Next Magazine cameraman and went to take photos when people tried to grab his camera. "I told them I was a photo journalist, but they kept hitting me," he said

Tang said the shoving went on for about a minute before police intervened.

On Sunday night, a video uploaded to YouTube showed Next Magazine cameraman Lo Kwok-fai being assaulted while filming the brawl. Lo fell twice as Tang tried to take photos. Tang was then attacked by other men while several officers stood nearby watching.

Police arrested Lo's alleged attacker, 58, who claimed to be a retired policeman, and yesterday released him on bail.

Ken Lui Tsz-lok, of the Journalists' Association, said the violence seriously obstructed journalists from doing their job.


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I think it's pretty clear that journalists in HK cannot always be trusted to report in an objective manner. I watched your video clip and honestly couldn't see an "assault". I did see a photojournalist get his camera bumped into his face and go down like an Italian footballer, which probably exacerbated the already tense situation. Then a second journalist go for the photo which would make it look like the first was "assaulted". Do war correspondents go crying foul when exposed to danger in a war zone, complaining that it interfered with them doing their job? Honestly, to me this looked to me like a pair of instigators hiding behind "press freedom" with a shocking lack of good judgment.
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I don't think Ms Lam has to apologise to these rude cops. just watch the video clip above: the old guy dressed in orange T-shirt is a retired sergeant (aged 58) named Yeung Ka-wai.He was seen hitting a photojournalist of Next Magazine while the reporter from Ming Pao was trying to photo it. He was pushed three times to the ground by another rude old guy who was dressed in white T-shirt ! In the end, the Ming Pao reporter had to declare he was a reporter to take photos there but these guys just didn't want to be photoed ! For fear of ...? During that conflict, several cops were stationed there, but they just didn't take any actions to protect these two reporters ! Should we respect such cops ? I wonder.
the sun also rises
of course she will be paid for her what she had done-----------a nickname of dare-devil in town who would even dare challenging cops for their injust and unfair handling of case--------not separating the Falun Gong men from the Youth Care Association men who surrounded the former with banners ( on July 14th ) so as to prevent their live show of the brutal acts committed by the CCP against the followers of Falun Gong !
She will pay for what she had done. Her supporters terrified everybody at Mongkok on Sunday afternoon 2013-8-4. They already revealed themselves as devil without cover.
what i cant comprehend is how people like ' silent is the night ' can defend her actions. Hk police in my opinion is one of the most efficient, polite & reasonable force in the world. In NYC this woman would have been hauled up to court or beaten by the force.
Not much use in apologizing now...........she already embarrased herself, her profession and her own dignity by acting like that in public.............
Great ROC ........
A teacher of 'excellence' who continually shouted in public 'What the f--k'. Shame on her, despite the apologies.
the sun also rises
shame on you yourself indeed for accusing Ms Lam for her words uttered in great stress and fury. Do you know what took place before Ms Lam was so angry that she was forced to speak such foul words before the bunch of cops ? She and her husband walked past the pedestrian zone on July 14th and saw the booth of Falun Gong surrounded by banners of Youth Care Association------blocking the ' live show of plucking organs' staged by the Falun Gong which accused the CCP of oppressing Falun Gong followers on Mainland.The cops called did not try to separate the Youth Care Assn.men from the Falun Gong followers. Instead, they set up a cordon line around them ! Ms Lam argued with the cops that she could also step in since the Youth Care Assn.men could but her act was disallowed and was threatened to be arrested by a female inspector on probation.In great anger, she uttered,'what the fxxk !'----words not directed at anybody but just expression of anger and great disappointment. What is the fuss ?
were you there ? did you not watch the video on how she was abusing the police ?
i hope she is the teacher of your child you idiot
the sun also rises
of course i have watched the internet video on Ming Pao's video clips ( totally two---one before she quarrelled with the cops ; and the other one showing she demanded to enter the condor area since the Youth Care Assn.men were allowed to stay inside !) The idiot is no one but you yourself who lacks basic manners towards others at all !
Did you watch the video? How anybody can support and defend her is beyond me. Her attitude and blatant disregard for authority is shocking, especially as an adult in the position to influence the youth. Plus, if you're going to swear in English and be smug about it, at least use it in the right context. I wouldn't want her teaching my child.


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