Pro-Beijing group demo lobbies for police pay riseLocal | 13 Dec 2019 12:53 pm
Several dozen people from a pro-Beijing group demonstrated outside Legco today, urging lawmakers to approve a proposed pay rise for the police, RTHK reports.
The government has proposed pay rises of up to 5.26 percent for civil servants, but pro-democracy legislators have called for police pay to be treated as a separate issue and want officials from the force to appear before them in Legco.
Members of the Defend Hong Kong Campaign gathered outside the council building to show their support for the police in "putting an end to violence".
They chanted "officers, add oil!" and held up a poster saying everyone needs to help kill the city's "cockroaches," as they rejected the pan-dems' demands over police pay.
They said the force has worked hard over recent months and the government should give it more funds to support its work and maintain staff morale.
Several pro-establishment lawmakers, including the DAB’s Elizabeth Quat and Wong Ting-kwong, and the FTU’s Alice Mak, went out to greet the group and receive a petition from them.
Earlier today, a Security Bureau document revealed that the police have spent HK$950 million in overtime allowances since the protests began in June.-Photo: RTHK