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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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mymak
You seem to be very sensitive about this letter writer mercedes2233. You seem almost prepared to lay down your life for their rights. Is there something you're not telling us? Itts quit eeesy to fake bad spelin.
rsallen
You really have no idea of what "the right to free speech" means, do you?
Dai Muff
If someone is assaulting you in the street, the police have a duty to intervene. Not put a cordon around you both and let them get on with it. If they had done their job there would have been no swear words and no controversy. Incidentally there is plenty of video on YouTube of members of the Youth Care Association swearing.
ejmciii
True she does not like being threatened by your thuggish friends. She is not being harmonious and accepting the will of Beijing. What a joke you are.
rsallen
No, you'd prefer them to come home indoctrinated, passive and stupid. Like father, like son.
Dai Muff
Because it is connected to tolerance of the harassment of the Falun Gong and I do not believe for one second you are too clueless to know this. Quit the pretend naivety. And that goes for your comrade too.
yellow_lynx_cat
Her reprimanding the Police is justified because the Police was not just and fair in handling Falun Gung. The duty of the Police is to enforce law in a just and fair manner and protect us, Miss Alpais Lam is just making the Police to do their duty.
yellow_lynx_cat
This is so despicable of you! The Police has to protect citizens because it is their duties! They deserve no privilege for not being insulted. I heard Police shouting swear words at citizens too, according to your logic, those citizens that were verbally abused are entitled to break the law and the Police has to apologize to them before arresting them ????
mercedes2233
The HK police are among the best in the world. They have been polite all through the event. If you don't respect them, why ask them for help, particularly if they are 公安 and condoning the removal of organs of Falungong members? The teacher is well equipped to defend herself. She won the last round against the police single-handedly.
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.

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