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Chief Executive Leung backs police over Mong Kok melee

Chief executive insists officers were provoked as he addresses public forum, and also says Exco members who quit deserve apologies

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 August, 2013, 8:57am

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying defended the police and hit back at critics of his administration yesterday at a meeting in Tin Shui Wai, the new town known as the "City of Sadness".

He also took the opportunity to attack the pan-democrats' filibustering in Legco.

Leung started his speech by expressing support for the police handling of the melee in Mong Kok on August 4, when groups clashed over teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze's verbal attack on officers the previous month.

"We could not tolerate the small group of people who used the opportunity … to express their personal dissatisfaction with our police force," he said.

In a rare move, he also announced he had ordered the education chief to submit a report on the Lam case.

Leung said: "I stress that the police force who carried out their duty to defend public order was fair, neutral, unbiased and acting in accordance with the law.

"As we can see on internet videos, there were protesters there who provoked the police in different ways … The Hong Kong police exercised forbearance, while enforcing the law."

Leung reiterated that former Executive Council members Franklin Lam Fan-keung and Barry Cheung Chun-yuen deserved apologies from the people that reported them to the Independent Commission Against Corruption over possible conflicts of interest.

Lam, who was accused of profiting from inside information by selling two flats ahead of the introduction of new stamp duties, resigned this month, hours after the Department of Justice said it had insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

The ICAC also said it would not follow up on the Cheung case without further evidence.

He quit all his public posts in May when his failed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange came under criminal investigation, which is ongoing.

Leung said: "After the ICAC cleared Lam, not one person - including those who reported him or the political parties who stirred up the incident - said sorry to Lam, publicly or privately.

"The people who reported Cheung, too, did not apologise to him."

Leung stressed that the ICAC should not be used as "a political tool" and pointed out the government had now reviewed its conflict-of-interest guidelines for ministers.

The Democratic Party's chief executive, Lam Cheuk-ting, a former anti-graft investigator, said Leung's call to apologise was an "outrageous joke".

He said that the chief executive should not put pressure on ICAC or deter the public from reporting any suspicious case to the graft-buster.

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impala
Whatever you may think of the case - basing a judgement on YouTube videos is a first for a head of 'state' as far as I know.

Also, apologies for reporting suspicious behaviour to the relevant law-enforcement agency? What is this, kindergarten? If the messieurs (and the few mesdames) in government can't stand the heat, they should get out of the kitchen.
daniel18
The evil media such as Apple daily is financial supported by western countries! Always fake lots of news to mess up the public! Asking such media to apologize is out of the question. Such media in line with the dirty tactics of pan democrat, HK has no future! Pan democrat keep swearing at the government without providing concrete suggestion. I am just a hker who want a stable society, but not a society that fills with crab and shxt! Again, CY really did a great thing, attack and counter attack, unveil the evil plot of Apple daily and pan democrat!
chaz_hen
Wow! Apple Daily supported by Western countries but the venerable Washington Post had to be sold to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and I'm sure WaPo produced a lot more compelling investigative journalism than AD could ever hope to!
So what is non "evil" media? Anything associated with propping up the CCP in Beijing like "China Daily" or "Global Times"?
agnescts
The person who's really split the society up is not the CE but the pan-democrats. Do open your eyes and watch out what they've done so far over the past 16 years - shout shout & shout and nothing contributive done for the better development of HK.
dng18dng18
TBH, I think whoever is elected as Chief Executive will get bashed in some way or another. You simply can't make everyone happy. Can we move from the Ms Lam case? It's getting boring...
Dai Muff
So in EVERY case where the government brings a prosecution, and the courts find the person innocent, it is your contention that the government should apologise to that person? I think a few pro-democracy activists are owed a few apologies then.
Dai Muff
Maybe the thugs in Tin Shui Wai yesterday would like to set a good example?
Dai Muff
You clearly did not see just who were the "rubbish youngsters" swearing (even at the police) and using violence at Tin Shui Wai yesterday. Clue: many of them wore surgical masks. One was eleven years old
chuchu59
CY did the right thing in supporting the police. All leaders should do that but it took him a full week to do that. So why the delay? Most leaders would jump at the opportunity to win the confidence of his/her followers. As for apologies from those who reported possible conflicts of interests to ICAC ON Barry and Franklin what has this guy been smoking. People rightly raised suspicions and if you have to apologise every time every time THE ICAC concludes there is no evidence corruption shall soon rear its ugly head again.
lkwbch2005
"Evil media" and "...dirty tactics" are emotional words without susbtance, only bias instead.
I wonder daniel18 really know any "plots" at hand.

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