HONG KONG, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Thursday that the HKSAR government will review the existing laws and strengthen measures against online doxxing and bullying of police officers.
The police have made great efforts over the past four months, and the policy address delivered Wednesday by the chief executive has expressed gratitude and reiterated support to the police in law enforcement, Lam said at a Question and Answer Session at the Legislative Council (LegCo) on the 2019 policy address.
Different departments of the HKSAR government have been coordinated to extend support to the police from various directions, and she has also met with representatives of the police staff associations to listen to their views and discuss how to enhance support for the police, the chief executive said.
To tackle the online bullying of police officers, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data has followed up, and the HKSAR government will also examine existing laws so as to better cope with large-scale online doxxing and bullying, Lam said.
The police have become a major target of attacks by rioters in the months-long unrest in Hong Kong. Besides violently assaulting police officers at protest sites, mobsters repeatedly committed harassment around the living quarters of police officers in different areas of Hong Kong.
The HKSAR High Court has approved earlier this week the police's application for an injunction order to curb escalating violence and harassment against the living quarters of the police officers.
Reiterating that the key to quelling the current chaos is to uphold Hong Kong's core value of rule of law, Lam appealed to the public to draw a clear line with violence.
Lam delivered the 2019 policy address via video on Wednesday, with over 220 initiatives designed to solve Hong Kong's deep-seated social problems and improve people's livelihood.