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Hong Kong police chief tells city to watch its mouth

Andy Tsang appeals to Hongkongers over foul language in wake of disputes with force

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 September, 2013, 5:54pm

Greet others' mothers no more - such was the latest message from the police chief in his appeal against Hongkongers using foul language in public.

"Greeting mothers" is a common Cantonese expression referring to foul language.

"Both the police and ordinary residents should be respectful - respect oneself, respect others, and respect the society of Hong Kong," said police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung.

"Let's imagine a Hong Kong where you greet my mother and I greet yours on the street - what kind of society will it be?

"You cannot do something simply because it's not illegal," Tsang said.

His said this yesterday, about two months after schoolteacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze was recorded swearing at police officers and the video went viral on the internet. Lam swore in English.

She was dissatisfied with the force's "inaction" towards anti-Falun Gong protesters obstructing the religious group's activity on a Mong Kok street.

The online dispute with Lam led to a pro-police rally last month, during which thousands of supporters and detractors of the teacher exchanged insults in Mong Kok.

Commenting on the issue in an interview on Commercial Radio, Tsang called it "natural" for the police force to be unhappy when it was "misunderstood".

He asked the police to remain calm in all situations.

But he rejected allegations that police had a political agenda in arresting protesters, claiming that protesters' methods had turned increasingly radical, if not violent.

Tsang also said he would liaise with the Department of Justice on the updated prosecution policy that regulates the arrest of protesters to see if the police needed to change its practices.


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As if he would admit if the police have a policy of targeting certain protestors whose political positions are contrary to the Executive's views of things. Just sayin'.
Unfair statement. They have not been targeting anybody during that event, just trying to maintain peace in the area. The police are apolitical and such insinuations just because you favour one particular side are unfounded.
How do you know? If you look at the evidence, there clearly is a bias in one direction. It might not be political but then again it may. Welcome to the world of discourse.
Sorry Mercedes, but you don't maintain peace by putting two opposing groups together. If they hadn't done this, then the teacher would have had nothing to complain about...........and there would have been none of the consequences we have seen.
Use the pepper spray!
hard times !
I wonder whether the phrase,' what the fxxk' is a foul phrase since it means 'what the hell' as all English-speaking people well know and may always use it in expressing their frustration or dissatisfaction towards some absurd or unreasonable situations ! Of course, everybody here in town has to watch their mouths and not greeting others' mothers with foul words like 'fxxk your mum !' a clean society should be both clean in its environment and people's words used in their daily life especailly in public places ! Anyway, the 'WTF' uttered by primary school teacher Ms Lam Wai-sze is never a foul word ! It can be sure !
Commissioner Tsang is correct: there's no excuse for using foul language. A dose of all round mutual respect will serve us all well.
Kindly explain to me how it is the province of a civil servant to tell the people of Hong Kong to peacefully express themselves.
Rubbish. Some of the most evil, selfish and back-stabbing people I know speak like angels. A foul-mouth does not equal a bad human being.
WTF has this got to do with the police commissioner. HK is #&@$!@




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