Cops' families march in call for inquiry

Local | Jane Cheung 26 Aug 2019

About 400 relatives of policemen called for the government to set up an independent commission of inquiry into the anti-fugitive bill saga and for the cops "to come to their senses."

It was the first assembly by family members of policemen since the unrest began on June 9.

The Police Relatives Connection group organized the two-hour assembly at Edinburgh Place in Central at 2pm yesterday. They then marched to the Chief Executive's Office in Tamar to submit a letter to Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

They also walked to the police headquarters in Wan Chai, where they stuck an appreciation card on its gate.

The organizer said 400 people, all wearing masks, took part. The names and ranks of their relatives weren't revealed.

One person who took part admitted some policemen lost control of their emotions while handling recent protests.

"Even us, relatives of policemen, can hardly say police upheld justice," she said.

"Some policemen were outrageous [in their actions against protesters] but others still kept on carrying out their duty of protecting the rule of law without resorting to excessive violence."

She said they were not seeking public sympathy. "But we'd like to ask policemen to return to their senses. We hope everyone would understand police and citizens should not stand against each other," she said.

Another, who said her son is a policeman, said bullets are not a solution to Hongkongers' demands.

"Political problems should be solved by political means. Police officers should not become the center of the conflict," she said.

Meanwhile, former secretary for transport and housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said Carrie Lam should "lower her ego" to cool down public fury before dialogue is possible.

He said yesterday Lam's government needed to further lessen public tensions by announcing withdrawal of the extradition bill and establishment of an independent commission of inquiry.

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