LettersHong Kong protests and police action: don’t jump the gun
- It is fair to expect restraint from police when insults are being hurled, but quite another matter when it’s bricks and petrol bombs that are being lobbed
Some protesters were right about one thing – policemen probably don’t have the cutthroat ambition to be highflying bankers, but that is actually an advantage for those serving in a position of authority, translating into a level of humbleness in serving the community.
What pains me as an observer is how we can lose objectivity so easily – there was not a single death at the hands of the police and barely any shots fired.
The only aspect I would agree with is giving further powers to the Independent Police Complaints Council – hardly anything to lose given that in its ranks are some of the most reputable individuals in town.
Meanwhile, unlike Mr Purbrick, I do commend the Hong Kong Police Force on actions taken to regain public trust – it wasn’t long ago that the police were featured in Hong Kong films as the good guys, precisely because people could relate to that narrative.
The onus is undoubtedly on police, but people could also give them a chance to make their case.
Jose Alvares, Macau