Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing apparently drew a comparison between police handling of the anti-British riots in Hong Kong in 1967 and how police handled a protest at the start of the Occupy movement.
He said the police hit people “rather hard” during the 1967 riots.
Tsang was speaking on an internet radio program hosted by fellow lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan recently, Apple Daily reported Monday.
He said: “The anti-riot police in the 1967 riots were quite similar to that time, with the use of tear gas bombs, and they actually hit the workers and people who sat there in protest rather hard. We were all gutted.”
Some understood Tsang, when he mentioned “that time”, to be referring to the incident on Sept. 28 when police fired 87 tear gas bombs on Occupy protesters in Admiralty.
In the same interview, Tsang said his younger brother, Tsang Tak-sing, now the secretary for home affairs, was sent to jail for merely distributing leaflets in school.
The newspaper quoted the Legco chief as saying Tak-sing did not go to jail because he hit someone or set off a bomb; what he did was hand out some leaflets promoting anti-colonialism.
The boy was a matriculation student in St. Paul’s College when he distributed leaflets containing slogans such as “British government won’t allow us to love our country” and “Suppressing patriotic countrymen using fascist measures”.
The school’s principal called the police, who arrested Tak-sing. He was sent to jail for two years.
Jasper Tsang said his mother wept, and his father was worried, too.
Tsang said many of his classmates at the University of Hong Kong wondered why his family was so pro-Beijing, the report said.
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