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Public Right to Know no Absolute Priority

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Public Right to Know no Absolute Priority


Using riot police and tear gas against demonstrators was normal, although the protesters demonstrated in July 2003 moderately, said the former government senior officer in a university talk heard yesterday.


Fion Au


Henry Tang Ying-yen claimed Leung Chun-ying had spoken of using riot police and tear gas against protesters during an Executive Council meeting in the first televised debate between the chief executive candidates last Friday. Those protesters opposed to the introduction of the national security legislation [Yes! Telling the reader why people were protesting is fantastic journalism].


If the protesters were out of control and might harm the social security, the government should use riot police to settle down the case in a short period of time. "Actually, for example, the taxi drivers opposed to the introduction of new license fee of the taxi in 1984. They started to go on strike and gather in Mongkok," [I'm confused, is this an instance when Peter thinks using riot police is appropriate, or not?] said Peter Lai Hing-ling, Former Secretary for Security.


He said that moment was urgent as some gang of criminals made use of this opportunity to damage the society. The government discussed whether using riot police and tear gas against the protesters at once. Therefore, Lai described that using riot police was a normal practice. "Otherwise, Hong Kong will have an outbreak of violence.”


Nevertheless, Lai refused to give comment on Tang revealing the conversation in Executive Council meeting and the role of China central government. He just asserted that the SAR government should consider deeply to balance the confidentiality of the meeting and the "public right to know".


The main point was that whether the information brought the benefit to the public interest. "If the record of the meeting would be published, the officers would not make any suggestion as they might worry the public against them. But like America, many presidential finished the term of duty, they will write a biograpghy to show some secrets behind the scene, such as Watergate scandal. It is a good example to show the importance of open lines of communication with the public. Public could give a hand on monitoring the politics.”


Lai hoped the new chief executive could focus on the policy of aging problem [What is the aging problem? and increase social cohesion [Why is social cohesion weak?]. "It is the only key to make Hong Kong success."


--105013 2012年3月20日 (二) 21:05 (UTC)

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