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    24 Mar 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Governance – the use of unnecessary force

    Issue

    • Security Secretary defended the use of pepper stray in the anti-budget protest.

    News Content

    • In response to criticism from the League of Social Democrats Legislator Leung Kwok-hung at a special Legco Finance Committee meeting yesterday, Mr. Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong, the Secretary for Security denied the police had misused the pepper stray in the anti-budget protest on March 6, saying the pepper stray was not aimed at the protesters but into the air.
    • Leung disagreed with Lee, saying it was unnecessary to use pepper spray. They police should learn more about civil disobedience.
    • Mr. To, a protester and a NGO organizer, quoted by SCMP, said he was directly sprayed in the face by a policeman.

    Questions

    • Pictures and videos have shown the pepper stray were aimed at the protesters rather than into air. The secretary’s statement is trying to cover the unnecessary force used by the police to suppress civil liberty.
    • It’s wrong to do so. It is wrong to use the pepper spray in suppressing civil obedience at the first hand. And it is wrong to cover it by not telling the truth. The government authority is further undermined.
    • Another mistake the SAR government will has made if the Security Secretary does not make apology to the public for his inaccurate and inappropriate statement.