Saturday, 7 September 2013

Security Paradox

A cartoon about the July incident in which Alpais Lam Wai-sze swore at police
In an ironic twist, the teacher who swore at the police is now asking them for protection.

Alpais Lam Wai-sze went to the Tai Po police station yesterday accompanied by her lawyer because she has received a threatening letter with a box cutter blade attached to it.

She said she would write a letter to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung requesting police protection.

The handwritten letter in simplified Chinese was signed "underground Communist Party member". Dated August 6, the letter criticized Lam for supporting the Falun Gong and threatened to kill her. "We have to kill you... You should call the police, you must call the police," it said.

The letter writer claimed to be part of the Patriotic Youths Association, with "tens of millions of supporters". The author also accused Lam of being "an anti-Communist element" who taught students to oppose the doctrine.

"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 the Tai Po police station where she filed the report. Her lawyer, lawmaker Andrew Cheng Kar-foo said this was the third death threat she had reported to police since July.

Lam is currently on sick leave from Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood in Fanling. "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 teacher made headlines in July when she swore a police because she was upset at how they handled an anti-Falun Gong group that was obstructing a Falun Gong group.

There was a huge debate over whether a teacher should be swearing, and the police themselves, including former colleagues banded in a protest against her.

Since then the chief executive has called for the education minister to write a report about Lam's incident, which many fear echoes the Cultural Revolution.

There was nothing illegal about what Lam did -- she happened to be filmed in a video that was put online without her consent. She was not on duty as a teacher at the time, but an ordinary citizen who was voicing her opinion; nor is it an offense to shout obscenities at the police.

Which is why we've now come to this ironic twist where the police have to protect the very person they don't care much for because she's receiving death threats.

However we do believe the authorities will do their duty. For their first clue is that the author of the threatening letter is from the mainland...

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