Debate chaos reported to cops

SING Tao News Corporation (星島新聞集團) representatives went to police headquarters in Wan Chai (灣仔) on Monday to report the chaotic interruption of the Sing Tao inter-school debating competition final.

Protesters, among them members of People Power (人民力量) and the League of Social Democrats (社民連) lawmaker ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung (「長毛」梁國雄), stormed the Queen Elizabeth Stadium (伊利沙伯體育館) last Friday, chanting slogans and hurling paper at guests, including Chief Secretary of Administration (政務司司長 ) Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (林鄭月娥).

In Beijing (北京), Police Commissioner (警務處處長 ) Stephen Lo Wai-chung (盧偉聰 ) said, “Any citizen or any group, if necessary, can report to the police. We will stick to the principle of fairness and political impartiality in handling all cases.”

Sing Tao News Group also published two statements in Sing Tao Daily (《星島日報》). One ‘strongly condemned’ the actions of the radical protesters, naming them as Leung, People Power member Mandy Tam Heung-man (譚香文) and ‘Fast Beat’ Tam Tak-chi (「快必」譚得志).

The statement said the group will take legal action to seek compensation. The other statement was an apology to students, parents, teachers, school principals, award presenters and the judges and a promise of better security in the future.

Independent lawmaker and solicitor Paul Tse Wai-chun (謝偉俊) said the protest actions might constitute a criminal offence.

(The Standard, 19 May 2015)