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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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Protect her and society. Put her in a cage. Sound proof it.
yellow_lynx_cat
These comments can only come from shitheads!!!
hard times !
Maybe it is time for our embattled primary school teacher to apologize properly to those cops sworn or scolded by her on July 14trh in Mongkok.If the police agree to look into her case of being death threatened though she had earlier accused them of acting like cops in China------Hong Kong public security personnel ! Ms Lam said she trusts the police will offer her protection and she would soon write to the Chief Executive and the Commissioner of Police asking for protection of her personal safety.Who /Which organisation is threatening her life ? I wonder.Is it the guy named Li Kuokjiang (Lee Kwok-keung) which claimed to belong to Youth Patriotic Association which helps maintaining the peace and order in Hong Kong ?
honger
Also, Miss Alpais, please take a good look at yourself. I am sick of your pretentiousness!!!
honger
Miss Alpais,
1) Can you please apologise to the police first and set an example for your students before asking for their help?
2) Since you acted so ungraciously against the police, would you yourself help them if the tables were turned?
3) You said you received THREE letters altogether. Why didn't you report the first two?
4) Lastly, how do we know the letters were not planted by those who would benefit most from anti communist propaganda, including yourself? You did preached anti-communist teachings to your students to brainwash them when you were supposed to be impartial.
5) It is time we draw a line to this brouhaha caused by your goodself in the first place - you are wasting precious resources funded by our taxes!
Dai Muff
No one should apologise for sticking up for fairness and justice. If someone is beating you up one day I hope you will be happy if the police just place a cordon around you both and let him carry on.
honger
No one, including the police, should be forced to endure the verbal assault hurled by Ms Alpais. Excuse me, this is Hong Kong where the majority of society find such behaviour unacceptable. Never mind if she's a teacher.
Dai Muff
According to you people the majority of society find big character posters, "struggle" sessions and funeral wreaths and death threats more acceptable than a swear word. I think you may live on a different planet.
anson
Enough! If she is building the crisis then ignore her and it will go away. If others are building it up then ignore them and it will go away. This whole saga is bringing out the worst in everyone. Two points:
1. The lady who swore at the police is now being protected by the police.
2. Writers such as Mercedes arguing that her behaviour is unacceptable but that killing someone is OK.
Crazy, pointless, media driven dribble. The only winners are the media who get to report on this. Enough is enough!
peter barrett
bmr
she hasn't built anything. She's just standing her ground as a free person to try and ensure freedom for her students and society. Take off the blinders.

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