My husband and I were unexpectedly beckoned upon last night at 1:00am by HKs finest men in blue. Apparently they wanted to arrest me for taking down a poster in our lobby. I just thought the poster was a bit of an eye sore and took it down: it was basically all in Chinese and it had our building managers face on it (double eye sore). As it turns out it was actually for some election in October. So here we are sitting in our living room completely flabbergasted (thinking geese louise are we in communist China!!) has anyone ever heard of this happening? Christian and I were both trying to reason with the cops and they seemed to get it as we really didnt mean any harm....
15 mins later.
Yet they came back, this time there were three plain clothed policemen in addition to the three uniformed policemen from before. And again we had to explain the situation: they did admit that they thought the building manager was crazy and that she had taken this way too far, especially since she was insisting they arrest me (I'm 7 months pregnant). I cant help but think: who would elect such an ignorant punce for public office?! This is the same punce who a few weeks ago refused to pay the building water repair man so no one had running toilet water for 2 entire weeks! So on top of sending police to our apartment at 1am, shes insisting that they arrest a heavily pregnant woman. Oh yha lady I want you to be my public representative because you make such great judgment calls!
Seriously though is this the norm, arresting someone for taking down a poster?
As a side rant:
The cops knocked on the door and first asked for the lady from India, fresh off the boat apparently (as they wouldnt talk to me directly afraid I might not understand them or harass them with a tailor made piece of shit). Im Indo-Canadian and my husband is Swiss-German. The police continued to speak with my husband about me (practically standing over me) until I finally said, look I was born and raised in Canada, I work for the HK government just like you, can you please talk to me directly? Thank the lord the cop looked ashamed, I think he genuinely felt like an arse. I realize the stigma attached to being Indian here, and Im far from hard done by, but last night was just ridiculous (just the entire situation). I felt like saying, yes I speak English, I work in a bloody government sponsored program to effing teach your children English.