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Students blast police for 'mainland terminology' used by officers during Chater Road sit-in

Police accused of being involved in 'political suppression' by using mainland-style term

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 July, 2014, 5:53pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 July, 2014, 4:01pm

A leading student group has criticised police officers for using a mainland-style phrase - which is regularly used as grounds for arresting activists on the mainland - when dealing with last week's Chater Road sit-in.

The students hit back as a second association representing disciplined services officers, the Customs and Excise Staff General Association, issued a statement yesterday in support of strict enforcement by police.

Last Sunday, the Junior Police Officers' Association used the phrase, often translated into English as "provoking quarrels and making trouble", to describe the sit-in protesters.

The criminal charge is regularly used against political dissidents and protesters on the mainland, but is non-existent in Hong Kong laws.

"By using this mainland terminology, police are turning themselves into state machinery of political suppression," Alex Chow Yong-kang, secretary general of the Federation of Students, said yesterday.

In Sunday's statement, the officers' association said frontline officers faced "vilification" and accusations of abusing their power when handling the Chater Road sit-in.

Chow stressed that the sit-in, which had hundreds of participants, was entirely peaceful.

Officers had used "unnecessary force" to incapacitate peaceful demonstrators, he added.

The federation yesterday also accused the police of infringing on the rights of some of the 511 people arrested during the Chater Road protest, in particular denying them access to lawyers for as long as four hours, a right guaranteed by law.

The first group of arrested protesters were brought to a temporary detention centre at the Police College in Aberdeen, where nine lawyers were already waiting outside.

But the federation said that police instead asked them to find a lawyer from a phone directory passed to them, and would not let the nine lawyers in to see the detainees.

Police insisted that protesters provide the names and identity card numbers of the lawyers, said Lester Shum, the federation's deputy secretary general.

Police have also been accused of leaving arrested protesters on coaches for several hours without water before transferring them to the police college, and not providing food for six hours after their arrest.

Chow said that the federation would discuss potential legal action against the police with lawyers.

Police have yet to respond to the allegations.



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so students expecting food at 4am? why not bringing your domestic helpers to the protest with you?
Awwww, poor little babies, is the language to hard on you? Awww, there, there-- whats that? Oh dear, no water OR food?? For SEVERAL HOURS?! Oh my, this is truly horrendous!
So the 'mainland phrase' is just a statement and not a reason for the charge against the students. Now the students need to ask themselves: 'Were we provocative and making trouble?' If so, what's wrong with people stating the truth. It makes no sense in saying it is mainland-style unless its untrue. It does seem the students are trying to build on anti-mainlander sentiment to defend their cause. They should be rational and be calm in the event of being provoked themselves.
Next time, they should bring their domestic helpers to the protest and to follow them to the detention centre so that they can have foods ready at 4.00 a.m.
The students have broken the law already. What do you expect the police should do? Complement them on their behaviour?
These 'students' and other UB40's should take a reality check and consider more thoughtfully those in the real world with whom they are disrupting from making an honest living - i.e representative of the majority in HK
Without being on either side of the issue, one must observe that the HK police has exercised utmost restraint in handling the protesters. On the other hand, the protesters has shown the world what a peaceful protest should be like. Hongkongers should be proud that we can protest without violence and enforce our laws without violence. It's a fine balance and not easy to achieve. Let's hope we keep it that way.
This allegation does not make sense.
That's the way it's going to be from now on, folks.
This is so sad, like naive bunnies being chewed to death by a predator. Nothing logic and reasoning can do against guns if the ones holding guns have no intention to talk. This is a good sign to the protest leaders that they need to think seriously about their words from now on. If patriotic scholars who only wish the CCP would heed the will of the people and stop corruption get 11 years, these kids better start thinking about what might be next steps. Disappearing into black prisons, on the Mainland. It's not worth it. Live to fight another day. People can be extradicted both ways. What happened to the two guys who chopped up the former newspaper editor on orders from the CCP?



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