Former police chief Andy Tsang is again courting controversy after it was announced he is in line to receive a Gold Bauhinia Star, the second highest rank on Hong Kong’s honors list.
Tsang retired in May under a cloud for ordering the use of tear gas and pepper spray on demonstrators in last year’s democracy protests.
RTHK is reporting that Tsang is on the honors list announced by the government at a July 1 handover anniversary celebration on Wednesday.
The honors, created in 1997 to replace the colonial British honors system, will be awarded at a separate ceremony.
“I am very frustrated that Tsang is going to receive the award,” a July 1 marcher, surnamed Yu, was quoted as saying by Apple Daily.
“Does it mean that his order to use tear gas on protesters is right?”
During the 79-day street occupation, seven police officers were caught on a news camera beating a protester in a dark corner.
They are the subject of a formal complaint but they continue to receive salaries and benefits from the police force, he said.
He accused the police of bias in the arrest and detention of some pro-democracy protesters while secretly letting off pro-Beijing loyalists.
Several other senior officers involved in suppressing protesters are also due to receive honors.
In all, 60 people from the disciplinary forces will receive awards, including former police deputy commissioner Alfred Ma, assistant commissioner (operations) Cheung Tak-keung and chief superintendent Danko Au Yeung.
Translation by Charis Heung
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