Hong Kong police have arrested a person after he allegedly booed the Chinese language nationwide anthem whereas watching an Olympics award ceremony inside a shopping center, authorities stated on Friday.
The 40-year-old man was accused of “insulting” the anthem when watching a reside stream of an award ceremony on Monday, which confirmed Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung profitable the primary gold medal for the town in 25 years.
When the Hong Kong flag was raised and the March of the Volunteers was performed via a reside stream, the person — who recognized himself as a journalist — was accused of “insulting” the anthem, police stated. He was arrested on suspicion of breaking the Nationwide Anthem Ordinance, which got here into impact in June final yr. The cost carries a most penalty of three years’ imprisonment.
Some background: For the reason that handover in 1997, Hong Kong athletes have been competing within the Olympics underneath the title of “Hong Kong, China”. Whereas Hong Kong makes use of its regional flag within the video games, the Chinese language anthem is performed when the town’s athletes win gold medals.
Cheung was the primary particular person to win a gold medal for Hong Kong on the Olympics because the handover. A second gold medal was beforehand received by windsurfer Lee Lai-shan in 1996, throughout which the British nationwide anthem, God Save the Queen, was performed.
Throughout a press briefing on Friday, a police officer stated the arrest was made after the person allegedly booed the nationwide anthem and chanted slogans to insult the nation. Police stated the person additionally displayed a British Hong Kong colonial flag, including his aim was to incite hatred and politicize the Olympic Video games.
Police additionally stated they discovered the person carried about 10 British Hong Kong flags with various sizes, including they may proceed to analyze if anybody current on the shopping center violated the nationwide safety legislation.