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Hong Kong youths challenge law enforcers with anti-police song and mock funeral

posted 7 May 2015, 05:54 by Hong Kong Independence Party

An indie band performing last month at Lingnan University in Hong Kong ruffled the feathers of the authorities with one of their original compositions.  F*ck The Police captures the younger generation's disillusionment with the Hong Kong police whose standard of behaviour has deteriorated drastically since China's takeover.  In recent months, many young Hongkongers have had first hand experience of the disproportionate aggression and corrupt practices of the police and have now come to regard the law enforcers with distrust and disdain.  Various figures from the establishment have expressed objection to the song.  Former Law Society chairman Ho Kwan-yiu said playing the song in public could be a violation of Section 17B of the Public Order Ordinance because the lyrics are intimidating and insulting.  That section states that anyone who uses language that contains threatening, abusive or insulting words in public can be imprisoned for 12 months and fined HK$5,000.  However, the Student Union president of Lingnan University has stood defiant against critics.

Separately, two days ago, over 100 people organised a mock "funeral" to bid farewell to outgoing police chief Andy Tsang, accusing him of "corrupting" the force since he took office in January 2011.  The protestors claimed they were participating in a "religious service" and so had not applied for police approval.  "Andy Tsang, go to hell!" the crowd chanted, as they marched from Southorn Playground in Wanchai to the nearby police headquarters.  Outside the police headquarters, the demonstrators used toy guns to splash Tsang's portrait with paint in protest against his decision to spend HK$27 million on water cannons which would later be used on protesters.