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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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mercedes2233
What if she wrote the letters herself?
Camel
Wow, now she pulling the victim card. I just had a discussion with some friends some weeks ago where we were talking about what her next step would be. Either she would resign or playing victim. Now, we know it. Playing victim in hoping getting more sympathy from public and putting it in a way that a communist conspiracy is going on against her. Well, now it is becoming to an act similar to a bad written TVB show.
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.
wingchi1000
I don’t think she deserves to be empathized as to the saga of her swearing at the police in Mong Kok. The orchestrated dispute over the way of police to handle a confrontation between the two associations doesn’t look like “to defend the weak against the strong”. Besides it, she is a crony of the LSD, no wonder that she has to keep playing the game, perhaps, for the purpose of destroying the reputation of the HK Police, or / and the entire Hong Kong. Now playing a victim is only way she can do since her swearing has not gained public applause. It’s just nothing more than an act for being intimidated at all.
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.
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.
chaz_hen
Lol. You're so funny you made yourself laugh. I doubt your "intelligence" can be insulted.
johnrai7
We all know who is behing it ;)
Camel
Her own people to present her as a victim.
ejmciii
She thought she could challenge the masters and their ordained clerics of Communist Ideology without there being repercussions. Perish the thought.

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