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Hong Kong Teacher Draws Support for Scolding Police

07/31/2013 0:56

By Li Zhen, Epoch Times | July 30, 2013Last Updated: July 30, 2013 2:35 pm A July 14, 2013 photo of Lam Wei Sze, a Hong Kong female teacher who spoke in defense of Falun Gong. She was recorded in a video that was later spliced to show her as the aggressor, which many of Lam's supporters have called "the Chinese Communist Party's slander." (Pan Zai Shu/Epoch Times)

A July 14, 2013 photo of Lam Wei Sze, a Hong Kong female teacher who spoke in defense of Falun Gong. She was recorded in a video that was later spliced to show her as the aggressor, which many of Lam's supporters have called "the Chinese Communist Party's slander." (Pan Zai Shu/Epoch Times)

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HONG KONG—A schoolteacher that stood up on behalf of practitioners of Falun Gong, after they were besieged in the street by a front group of the Chinese Communist Party, has received an outpouring support from people here after she was attacked in pro-CCP media channels for a heated exchange she got into with police on July 14.

A video of Lam Wai Si arguing with police went viral after it was posted online on July 25 — however, it had been doctored and made to present the teacher as the aggressor, and was posted on the website of Oriental Sunday, a pro-Chinese Communist Party magazine in Hong Kong.

More complete footage showed that the schoolteacher’s intervention only came after the Hong Kong Youth Care Association, a front group associated with an extralegal security agency ran by the Chinese regime, began harassing Falun Gong practitioners. Wearing a red dress and glasses, she spoke loudly to the police in Mong Kok, a shopping district in Hong Kong, while admonishing them with her index finger. Between pauses in her statements, several in the crowd clapped in support.

At one point during her speech she said: “Don’t think I won’t say it — you’re well aware of what the Communist Party does, such as daily trafficking in organs, and killing people to peddle their organs, which everyone in the world knows about.” Her voice rising, she said: “You police are protecting these communist bandits?” Soon after, police threatened and yelled at the teacher.

All that was deleted from the video, titled “Violent Female Teacher Shouts at Police.

Oriental Daily included a comment with the video praising the police for “calmly dealing with the teacher,” and denouncing her.

Lei Yi Ling, a freelance writer, wrote in the Apple Daily that the incident and the doctored video was “another example of the Chinese Communist Party’s methods of slander.”

Yet despite the campaign to attack her, when the full story emerged Lam was given a robust defense by Hong Kong people concerned about the activities of the Youth Care Association, which is widely seen as a proxy for the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong.

“The Chinese Communist Party is trying to throw dirt on my daughter’s name,” said Lam Sam Sing, her father. “But even in the face of relentless pressure, and after our family’s picture was exposed online, I won’t back down. I fully support my daughter.”

The HKYCA is known in Hong Kong as the group responsible for numerous banners hung in prominent public locations that slander Falun Gong (and which violate local laws, according to police). The group shares an office building and staff in Shenzhen with the 610 Office, a Party agency that oversees the persecution of Falun Gong in China, according to Next Magazine report. HKYCA’s leader also has a number of official positions in the Chinese Communist Party.

“Hong Kong needs more teachers like Lam that teach compassion and truth, rather than communist brainwashing,” a netizen commented on a Chinese media report.

The chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance, Lee Cheuk Yan told The Epoch Times, “Hong Kong citizens should stand up in support of Lam and resist the Chinese Communist Party’s online slander.”

“The Chinese communists aren’t as powerful as you may imagine. We just have to stand up to them,” said a radio station host, surnamed Ma, stating that despite Lam’s school having received over 900 emails denouncing her, a public event would be held every Sunday to promote freedom.

“If someone speaks up about an injustice, and then gets punished with slander, that’s not something Hong Kong people can accept,” called out one member of Orchid Gardening, an anti-communist group in Hong Kong, at an impromptu street protest at Mong Kok in support of the teacher. He added: “That’s the work of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Translation by Frank Fang. Ariel Tian contributed research. Written in English by Shannon Liao.

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