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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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dynamco
she's not helping the forensic ninhydrin test by handling the document in public
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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!
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.
mercedes2233
The 'moron with bad spelling' and 'the handful of oppressive idiots' are also 'entitled to express their feelings' too. Why should the teacher be the only person to do so? You feel for the 'abuse this woman has suffered'. I am more sorry for the abuse the police suffered in the course of their duties. They did not deserve the foul-mouthed harangue, and unfortunately did not have the right of free speech to reply to her in kind. Her behavior by any standards is 'scandalous', and she 'should be ashamed of her role in provoking an outrage like this'.
What 'thought police'? I am responsible for my actions and have not felt controlled. Only the poor police did not have free speech, even those about to retire. Think about it.
rsallen
The right to free speech does not include the right to issue death threats and only an idiot would suggest it does.
wwong888
did you send the letter? pierce lam helped you draft it? swearing at a cop is pretty mild compared to a death threat. only a commie troll can't see the difference.
mercedes2233
She may have written those letters herself.
anson
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.
mercedes2233
The bad spelling matches yours.
Dai Muff
Try sending such a threatening letter to a government official and see how much you are entitled to express these feelings. The Falun Gong are entitled to their freedom of expression. Try telling the anti cult stooges of the Youth Care Association that. This is guaranteed by a Basic Law they are not honouring.

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