Date
26 September 2017
Andy Tsang may have to work until his official retirement date in May if the Occupy protests drag on. Photo: HKEJ
Andy Tsang may have to work until his official retirement date in May if the Occupy protests drag on. Photo: HKEJ

Police chief stayed at office during first month of protests

The Occupy protests have forced many of Hong Kong’s police officers to work long hours and sacrifice time with their families, and Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung is no exception.

Tsang stayed at the office for almost a month to deal with the pro-democracy protests, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

He rarely returned to his official mansion on the Peak during their first month but spent a “long time” at police headquarters and rested in his office from time to time, the newspaper said.

As the Occupy campaign continues to drag on, many officers believe Tsang might not be able to leave the force until May next year, when he reaches the official retirement age of 57, it said.

Many previous police chiefs took a few months off before officially retiring.

A casualty of the protests has been the police force’s 170th anniversary celebrations. A series of activities and events scheduled to celebrate the milestone were cancelled. 

Even the annual dragon boat festival, normally held in October, was called off.

“Many colleagues just wish to have a small Christmas party in their own unit,” the report quoted one police officer as saying.

“Nobody knows whether the [Occupy] protests will end before the Christmas holiday or not.”

Meanwhile, police have reviewed “internally” the use of tear gas to disperse protesters on Sept. 28.

“No matter how outsiders take the decision, Tsang still boasts very high support among the police force,” the newspaper quoted an unidentified source as saying.

–Contact us at english@hkej.com

JZ/FL

Freelance journalist

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