Security chief John Lee said on Wednesday that the police are looking into comments made by pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho – calling for the killing of independence advocates – but refused to say if he had broken the law with the outburst.
Speaking at the airport ahead of his first work trip to Beijing, the Secretary for Security said there is a limit to freedom of speech.
Lee said that includes respecting the rights and reputations of other people, and not endangering national security and public order.
Ho, who organised a mass rally on Sunday to demand the University of Hong Kong sack law professor Benny Tai, said during the event “if [independence-seekers] are not killed, what else are we to do?"
He later defended his words saying he didn't mean that the lives of such people should be taken.
On Tuesday night, the North District Parallel Imports Concern Group spokesman, Ronald Leung, said he had reported Ho's comments to the police.