Saturday, November 1, 2014   

Tai urges police not to use force
(07-14 14:18)

One of the organizers of Occupy Central, Benny Tai Yiu-ting, has attempted to convince front-line police officers to disobey orders when they are asked to disperse protesters who could blockade roads if the civil disobedience campaign goes ahead.
In an article addressed to all officers published in the Apple Daily, Tai called on the police to think twice before they resort to using tear gas or water cannon on harmless protesters.
The associate law professor urged police officers to ask themselves what is best for Hong Kong's future and to consider why their superiors might resort to violence to disperse protesters.
He also called on officers to consider the reasons for staging the civil disobedience campaign.
Tai said the police are also Hong Kong citizens. He wrote that our "hearts" are all the same when it comes to the political future of Hong Kong, although perspectives may be different.
Tai said he could not agree with recent comments by the Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung that officers would not have to worry about violating their consciences, as long as they do their work strictly according to the law.
He said as an academic who's studied law for thirty years, he knew the difference between law and personal conscience.
He said there are draconian laws and even if they are not, they can be enforced with bad intent. Tai said police officers are only "flesh and blood", just as the rest of Hong Kong's seven million people. --RTHK   
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