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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 Alpais Lam wants protection after death threats

Embattled primary school teacher says letter threatening to kill her was the third she received, but she trusts police will help her

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 September, 2013, 2:45pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 September, 2013, 6:08pm
 

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Primary school teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze will ask for police protection after receiving a death threat letter which had a box-cutter blade attached to it.

Lam, who filed a police report yesterday, said she feared for her safety and would write to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung to request protection.

She posted a picture of the handwritten letter, which was signed by a self-proclaimed "underground Communist Party member", on Facebook. A box-cutter blade was stuck to the bottom of the letter.

"I was quite scared as any woman would be in a situation like this, but I did what any citizen would do and sought police help," Lam said outside Tai Po police station where she filed the report. She was accompanied by her lawyer, lawmaker Andrew Cheng Kar-foo. "It was only the third letter I opened after relatives helped me pick them up from school."

The letter, written in simplified Chinese and dated August 6, 2013, criticised Lam for being a supporter of Falun Gong, a spiritual group banned on the mainland. Its writer threatened to kill her. "We have to kill you … You should call the police, you must call the police," it read.

The author claimed to be part of a group called the Patriotic Youths Association with "tens of millions of supporters". It also accused Lam of being "an anti-communism element" who taught students to oppose the doctrine.

Cheng said this was the third death threat Lam had reported to police since July.

Lam is still on sick leave from the Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood in Fanling, where she teaches. "I hope this is the last time I have to report a letter like this," she said. "I still think Hong Kong is a place with the rule of law and I trust the police will help me get to the bottom of this."

The police commissioner yesterday called on the teacher to provide more information to assist with the investigation.

A video of Lam swearing at police during a rally in Mong Kok went viral online in July. She had been upset at how the officers handled a dispute in which an anti-Falun Gong group obstructed the Falun Gong's activities.

The online fracas culminated in a pro-police rally in early August which saw thousands of supporters and detractors of Lam exchange insults in Mong Kok.

"I know this has been very unfair to my school. I will take this as a valuable experience," Lam said.

The Mong Kok event - believed to have been attended by hundreds of off-duty and retired police officers - sparked a debate on the impartiality of the police force. Police associations demanded a clearer definition of "political activities" specified in the Police General Orders.

In response, Tsang yesterday said the force would first communicate with officers instead of using punishment when officers' behaviour exceeded the restrictions specified in the police code.

"If we are to review the 'frame' every time something happens, there will be no frame," Tsang said when asked if the police would amend its general orders, describing restrictions on officers' participation in political activities as a "frame".

 

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chuchu59
Her abuse of the police was unwarranted to say the least but I cannot agree with some people's thoughts that the Police need not offer her protection or that she shouldnt seek the help of the Police because she scolded them. As a HK citzen she is entitled to police protection if she feels her life is under threat. The 2 issues must not be mixed up.
tfung
I hope the police do nothing at all until she fully apologizes to them....
caractacus
What if she really did receive the threatening letter?
One can imagine it coming from a Caring Hong Kong moron or a hate filled, screaming 11 year old fanatic born of Cultural Revolution era parents whose intelligence only runs as far as holding up little red books and chanting slogans.
Who else would believe that China is still communist but someone either very stupid or young and easily led?
Dai Muff
Just read the comments here and you can be 100% clear how little respect the pro-Beijing posters have for rule of law or freedom of religion. They want their bully boys to take away our freedom of religion, but they do not want us even to swear about it.
rsallen
Any moron with bad spelling, a poor grasp of reality and a pen could have written this letter. It is, in all probability, not a real threat. But it is scandalous that a citizen of HK should face such threats for simply expressing a view. The handful of oppressive idiots who protested at the school on Monday should be ashamed of their role in provoking an outrage like this.
Teachers are as entitled as any other member of the community to express their feelings in public. The abuse this woman has suffered shames Hong Kong and undermines any claim the city has to free speech. Slowly but surely, the thought police are strengthening their grip.
hard times !
no one with sense will choose to believe just a phrase of 'what the fxxk !' or even a few foul words will land this primary teacher to such a horrible and frightening state ! The real reason that she has been treated in this cruel and inhumane way----trying in every way to force her to quit her favourite job of teaching at her present school---is that she told the on-lookers at the scene of the scuffle in Sai :Yeung Choi Street South that the Chinese Communist Party itself is the biggest cult in the world for taking out the organs of Falun Gong practitioners once they were caught. And a live show was being demonstrated there on July 14th when the booth with the live show was surrounded by Youth Care Association ( a pro-establishment organistation) with banners ! Ms Lam Wai-sze has hit the CCP at her vital part---damaging her good image as a great, bright and correct politcal party which well-treat her people ! So Ms Lam has been bullied and even threatened for the past weeks ! Of course she has learnt her lesson---always keep calm and never loses her temper in public places and put her nose out of others' business !
Dai Muff
So now we have SEEN the big character poster, the funeral wreaths, the attempt to destroy a woman, the insults over a swear word from united front individuals who want to avoid the issue of thugs bullying the Falun Gong while police stand by. And then the same thugs say that a death threat is out of the question. At least, more and more, they reveal themselves.
Dai Muff
That is the level of the threat to Hong Kong's freedoms.
Camel
Writing such an obivious letter to get sympathy while playing now the victim. Poor woman now is threatened by evil communist - just like descripted clearly and very open in the letter - simplified writing, so it must be from the Mainland Communist and communist underground organisation - wow. Really, TVB needs good stuff to make their terrible non-logical TV Shows. How about working for them?
Her puplic profil and reputation has been damaged and now she is trying to pull the victim card in writing a death threat letter, showing it to the public and now damanding police protection. Well, publicity until the end. Hope for her that it won't backfire.
mercedes2233
Don't agree. She can discuss with the police department on their decision, but not abuse the police on the streets carrying out their duties. And there are ways of making your point without that aggravation and foul language. Look what it led to.

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