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Robin Fong/水警/表弟 ......
Political problems to be resolved by political means
An open letter from relatives of police officers to Ms Carrie LAM, Chief Executive of HKSAR
We are the relatives of serving police officers. Since the Admiralty conflict on 12 June, we are overwhelmed by feelings of fury and distress whenever we come across reports about scenes of protests!
We are furious:
Frontline police officers have to stand at the forefront in the face off with protestors in demonstration arising from political controversies. They have to follow certain orders from their superiors that are illogical, go against common sense and put their lives in jeopardy. Frontline police officers are forced to bear the consequences of the maladministration of the Government. As a result, the police relations with the community have deteriorated rapidly and nearly reached the point of total breakdown.
We are distressed:
The orders are dangerous and the operations are numerous. To date, the people who issued the orders are never held accountable for the mistakes they made. Frontline officers are completely stressed out. The castigations and rejection they encountered in the community for such a long period time have taken a toll on their physical and mental health. The long hours of working or being put on standby have strained their family relations. Serving frontline officers cannot speak out for various reasons. As their relatives, we can only hold our peace.
To date, frontline officers still persevere in their service because they are dedicated to uphold their commitments to both the community and police force. They are also committed to stand by their colleagues through thick and thin. But there are limits to their endurance.
As the relatives of police officers and Hong Kong people who love our homes, we urge you to accede to the follow three requests:
1）Desist from deploying police officers as human shields between the Government and the general public. You should immediately address the community aspirations through political means and listen to the views of the various sectors in the community. You should endeavor to alleviate, and not exacerbate, social conflicts in order to extricate us from the current predicament and alleviate the overall harm to the police officers and their families.
2）Set up an independent and judge-led inquiry committee to restore social justice through processes that are approved by the public and to prevent the higher echelons of the police force from issuing unreasonable and injudicious orders again.
3）Give assurance that the upper echelons of the police force will desist from issuing injudicious orders lest they spark confrontation between frontline police officers and protesters.
As relatives of the dedicated police officers, we entreat you to heed our voices and accede to our requests!
(Families of police officers are invited to sign this joint statement. Please state your names/the police departments where your relatives are employed/ your relationship with the police officers)