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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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chanaa
oh. So now she wants protection from the civil service she abused. Apologise first, then you may get it
jayb
attention seeker. we have a kardashian. lol
Kevin Lau
I suggest Miss Alpais to seek help or shelter from the US white house. Definitely, FBI is the first choice for her and her fellows. The "公安" of HK are impartial, they do not have capability to protect you. Furthermore, the HK "公安" are not reliable. So, it is not wise to seek help for HK police.
ngsw
Why the writer of this letter did not claim himself/herself "a HK citizen" instead of "underground Communist Party member"? What sense is it? This would only make her look more like a victim of political persecution.
Would someone tell her that if she really feels the threat, she should preserve the letter as pristine as possible for forensically tracing the writer instead of using it as a prop to draw the cameras of the media.
superron
HK police are professionals and will do their best to follow this up and protect her - DESPITE her foul curses and disrespect for the police. Hopefully this help her have a more balanced view of the average policeman who are trying to do their jobs the best they can. (Assuming this whole thing is legit and not some ploy as other readers have suggested, which is also a possible strategy...)
Camel
What does this mean "your thuggish friends"? This is a lame playing with the peoples intelligence writing such kind of letter showing "oh, the bad and evil communists want to kill me". Well, that is an insult to my intelligence but I can not speak for yours. The joke is on you. lol.
Camel
Her own people to present her as a victim.
Dai Muff
The more worrying question is why people with no concept of human rights are so prevalent in Hong Kong. Oh, of course we know why, and we know where they come from.
fsk999
When she apologises for her appalling behaviour towards the police......then she can request their help. And stop giving the woman air time......that is what is fueling the unrest.
Hollander323
All in all they are just anti communist. All these people are in an anti communist campaign, period. What and how are the Chinese communists doing today? To see the bigger pictures of them, please visit TED talks to see some of the world popular informative presentation such as this: ****www.chinastories.net/2013/07/ted-talk-eric-x-li-tale-of-two.html.
I totally agree that a lot of the individuals (out of 1.6B) have done alot of bad things, corruption, misbehavior on HK MTR etc. but if you have experience running a family of 4, then you should appreciate the immense difficulties in running the family of 1.6 B. As a Chinese national, we should give them constructive advice, give them encouragement and give them time. Because of this stance of mine , some of my friends called me leftist (pro-communist), but I asked them not to but only to call me Chinese. I think this is what a Chinese should do. In fact most of these friends are returned overseas migrants and foreign pass port holders, they always have a back door in case HK crumbles!

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