Sunday, 7 December 2014

HK$10M Donations for Police

Almost HK$10 million was raised for police officers, but for what exactly?
It is very interesting to read almost HK$10 million has been donated to the Hong Kong Police into a special fund that was set up in October. Some of the money was given by the public, the rest internally through fundraising efforts.

The fund was set up by two unions to support officers whose livelihoods are affected by the Umbrella Movement protests.

But what is the money going to be used for? And what is the definition of how officers were impacted by the protests?

"So far, we have received no inquiries or requests for help from anyone," said a source, adding that officers of all ranks were eligible to make donations or request aid.

A six-member committee -- half from the Junior Police Officers Association and the rest from the Police Inspectors' Association -- would assess the needs of those who applied before allocating funds, the source added. "The fund will be used mainly for providing financial assistance to the injured or suspended officers and their families," the source said.

However, not many officers have been injured (overall), and there is talk of using the funds for the seven police officers who allegedly beat up Civic Party activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu in October.

As a result the seven were suspended, which means they can receive as little as half their salary.

"We've made it clear from the outset that the fund will not be used to subsidize the legal fees of any officers involved in court cases," a second source said.

There is quite a lot of support for the officers from the public -- those wearing blue ribbons at one point -- and so it's even more interesting to see them encourage the officers though monetary donations.

Meanwhile Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has not said when Admiralty will be cleared, but hinted the area may be taken back by force. He warned that youngsters and students should retreat as soon as possible to ensure their safety because there will be resistance from "radical" elements...

"I think we should be prepared, both psychologically and operationally, that towards the end of the illegal occupation, there will be less people taking part and they tend to be more radical. This seems to be the pattern in illegal social movements in other countries," Leung said.

Hmmm he seems to be "studying" other movements/revolutions around the world. That doesn't mean the one in Hong Kong is going to end the same way.

There's word clearance of Admiralty will happen on Wednesday... we will watch and see...

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