Hong Kong Police Turn into Communist Public Security?
Hong Kong police used to be known for its high efficiency
But, the recent use of tear gas and pepper spray against
peaceful protesters has made people think otherwise.
A survey shows Hong Kong police has suffered a new low
People wonder if the Hong Kong police have turned into
China’s public security. Let’s take a look.
Pepper spray and tear gas against unarmed students and
citizens, with Hong Kong police escorting mobs out of the
Occupy Central scene, distributing blue ribbons to support
the anti-Occupy Central, and ignoring mob-violence
in the Occupy Central were seen on the Internet.
The reputation of Hong Kong police fell to a new low.
According to a poll in Hong Kong, public satisfaction with
the police force has fallen from 80.5% in 2007 to 36% in July
Hong Kong’s Ming Pao indicated that Hong Kong police
no longer enjoy its reputation.
The netizens bluntly referred to the Hong Kong police
as becoming Communist public security.
Hong Kong Legislative Council member, Sin Chung-kai:
“Hong Kong police commissioner is one of the chief officials
nominated by the chief executive and
appointed by the prime minister.
When mainland officials visit Hong Kong,
security measures are affected by the mainland.
Also, the Leung Chun-ying government’s tough line on the
demonstrations has people believe Hong Kong police
have turned into mainland public security."
A retired police officer stated in Boxun News that
the reputation of the Hong Kong police has never been so low.
The retired police officer described: My daughter and myself
were at Admiralty and Causeway Bay before the campaign
got violent and we were attacked by unknown identity persons,
but we noticed some of them spoke mandarin.
We didn’t get immediate assistance from the police .
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily had reported earlier, the violence
and mobs of the anti-Occupy Central group were organized
and planned by the Communist national security group 9.
The group has offices in the Hong Kong Liaison Office,
with a ‘stability maintenance’ budget of at least tens of millions
a day paid to the underworld to create chaos in the protest.
Videos of police escorting the assailants onto a taxi and
brushing it off when a female student was indecently assaulted
have been exposed on the Internet and media.
Sin Chung-kai: “Later, the police also leaked out, it is not the
police behind the whole plot, but public security using
the triads to drive off the protesters in Mongkok;
so Hong Kong police are also affected by mainland law
Beijing’s two main internal security agencies, the State Security
and Public Security ministries, have sent large phalanxes
of undercover officers to Hong Kong since the protests began,
according to Wall Street Journal.
After the first round of tear gas, a policeman repented
on the Internet: I am not public security!
Seeing people in pain after being hit by the tear gas,
he began to cry and wonder what he’s doing.
Asian Newsweek editor Huang Jinqiu: “The Hong Kong Police
are at a loss.
As a Hong Konger, he knows what the students want.
But, his job requires him to take orders from the chief secretary
and the chief executive.
These people, you need to know that, Leung Chun-ying is said
to be a clandestine Communist Party member,
and the chief secretary also speaks a tough line.
I believe the police system is under pressure."
However, Sin Chung-kai indicates that even though Hong Kong
police reputation is going down, the environment provided
by Hong Kong’s history has not made it easy for Hong Kong
police to be reduced to the level of mainland public security.
Sin Chung-kai: “Hong Kong has its own culture, Hong Kong
is an open society, the police work is wide open under the sun,
unlike mainland public security who can shroud the view
with their hands.
But because the administration is controlled by the Communist
Party, the situation will only get worse.
Will it be as bad as the mainland public security?
I think it will take some time."
After the tear gas, many more participants were inspired to take
part in the protest, and the Hong Kong Police also received
much media criticism.
Huang Jinqiu suspects that this movement could lead
Leung Chun-ying to step down, because Beijing knows that
democracy in Hong Kong is unavoidable, there is no need to
come to an impasse with the people of Hong Kong.
Interview & Edit/LiuHui Post-Production/Chen Jianming