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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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Protesters fear chaos at next CY Leung public meeting

Security tightened after clashes at first event amid claims chief executive is linked to triads

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 August, 2013, 9:38pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 August, 2013, 10:24am
 

Protesters fear there could be chaos during Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s next meet-the-people session on Sunday.

Their increased concern comes amid accusations by the Civic Party and others that Leung has links to triad groups – an allegation his office strenuously denies – and due to a lack of public space around the meeting venue.

The police have also been accused of a pro-government bias in their allegedly lenient treatment of suspected triads in clashes between pro-government and pro-democracy crowds at Leung’s first public meeting last Sunday, and the force is likely to be tested at this Sunday’s event.

Pan-democrats planning a “silent protest” tomorrow said the pavements around the meeting venue, Kwun Tong Kung Lok Government Secondary School, were too narrow to accommodate protesters from all camps.

Police were stepping up security and surveillance inside and outside the school yesterday, installing CCTV cameras on its upper floors and on the rooftop of a building opposite, and readying more than 200 iron barriers and rolls of wire netting.

A police spokesman said the cameras were not for recording.

League of Social Democrats vice-chairman Avery Ng Man-yuen, who co-ordinated the “standing man” campaign, said some participants will be assigned to picket on Sunday.

“The space will definitely be crammed,” said Ng, referring to the uphill, barrier-less pavement outside the school. “If any clash happens, the crowd could easily spill onto the main road, which would be very dangerous.”

Participants in the “standing man” protest will wear white and stand silently outside the venue. Major pan-democratic parties will take part on Sunday. The Labour Party, People Power and Civic Passion will also protest.

Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said party members would not scramble for any of the 280 tickets when they are handed out at the Kwun Tong District Office Public Enquiry Service Centre at 9am on Sunday.

“We expect the pro-government groups in the district will mobilise elderly people to pack out the audience,” said Leong.

Leung will take leave from Monday until August 29, making the event the last this month.

Leung yesterday updated his official blog, asking participants on Sunday to “observe the rules and order of civilised society”.

Separately, Horace Chin Wan-kan, an assistant professor of Chinese language at Lingnan University, yesterday launched an online petition to the White House, urging the US government to “save a primary school teacher in Hong Kong from political persecution”.

The petition concerns Alpais Lam Wai-sze, who was filmed swearing at police officers over their handling of a dispute between Falun Gong activists and their opponents in July.

The petition requires 100,000 online signatures within a month to prompt a response. Last night it had more than 3,100 signatures.

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"Separately, Horace Chin Wan-kan, an assistant professor of Chinese language at Lingnan University, yesterday launched an online petition to the White House, urging the US government to “save a primary school teacher in Hong Kong from political persecution”."

Sucking up to a foreign power with their own human rights problems is not helpful, and these online petitions the US government does are mere window dressing to keep the "clickvatists" busy. The online petition certainly didn't help Snowden.

Nothing is going to happen to Alpais Lam Wai-sze. The government won't be stupid enough to dare. It would cause the situation to explode, and the Basic Law is crystal clear on free speech.
scmpgt
Regardless of the chaos outcome, Youth care association should be every bit as responsible as Alpais Lam.
Hollander323
Horace and Avery are just 2 opportunist , they just happen to be in the PanDem camp. There are opportunists everywhere in this world, no surprise!
Chilee1977
WTF? Horace Chin Wan-kan must lost his mind.
mcheung
I agree that the Lam issue is blown way out of proportion by politics. But what Horace did is even worse, and can easily be classified as a "traitor"! Why would someone ask a foreign country to interfere with another country's affair, let alone politics?
Dai Muff
The Basic Law is not being observed. Neither, apparently, is "one country two systems". Ask the Falun Gong. And those beaten by triad goons. And Ms Lam has already been harassed and intimidated. Big character posters (大字報) criticising individuals now? Funeral Notices? An urgent educational report? Really?
It is time the world started taking notice of what is going on here, even though Chin Wan's action is premature.
I understand 85 of those police are going to be from the "Serious Swearword Unit".
ngsw
And free speech also includes the right of throwing DLLM to other people with impunity. Bullets certainly wouldn’ t be flying everywhere like that in Egypt, but DLLM certainly would.
chuchu59
What Horace did was impractical but if you ponder carefully where else could he turn to if he genuinely wanted to help LAM. I think he acted more out of frustration than actually believing his act will bear fruits. Even the USA is not the force of old and many countries openly oppose them nowadays. It is now up to the CE to show constraint. For a start, he should sack his advisors as everything he does is out of line especially his request for a report on Ms LAM. Why not ask the ICAC for a report on the perceived conflict of interest on Paul CHAN. Isnt the offence more severe and which will seriously erode HK's core values?
mercedes2233
'Separately, Horace Chin Wan-kan, an assistant professor of Chinese language at Lingnan University, yesterday launched an online petition to the White House, urging the US government to “save a primary school teacher in Hong Kong from political persecution”.'
I didn't know the US has any say in this jurisdiction. Better still, the US can have her altogether to ensure that she is safe. Americans would understand the expression 'what the f---'.
daniel18
As a assistant professor, Horace chin seems to have nothing to do. It is so shallow that he presents the case to the US. In this case, It is a waste of time to present this case as it happened in HK and HK have a comprehensive civil servent guildline in coping with the case. As a radical and hired protestor, Avery Ng looks really weak. He just wanna create chaos and attack CY while he does never want to hold accountable for what he did. True, HK has freedon of speech and freedom of assembly, does it mean that you can throw chair to CY car? when being attacked, he just acted like a crying baby, chanting that police was not doing enough to protest him. He is nothing but coward, losing his direction. HK really do not need the so-called "politician" who do nothing but keep taking advantage of and finding faults with the government. They'd better shxt the hat up and give their axx a chance!

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