When Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung won the first gold medal for the city in 25 years, the Chinese national anthem was played, sparking protest from a journalist.
Last Monday, a crowd had gathered inside a shopping mall in Hong Kong to watch the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. During a live stream of an award ceremony, wherein Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung won the first gold medal for the city in 25 years, China's national anthem was played. A man watching the live stream booed the 'March of the Volunteers,' and was immediately arrested on suspicion of breaking the National Anthem Ordinance. This is a law that came into effect in the occupied territory in June last year. The man, who has since identified himself as a journalist, was accused of "insulting" the national anthem by police officials, CNN reports.
Hong Kong police have arrested a man after he allegedly booed the Chinese national anthem while watching an Olympics award ceremony inside a shopping mall, authorities said on Friday. https://t.co/BRKzxYlxzg— CNN International (@cnni) July 30, 2021
As per the National Anthem Ordinance, the journalist may face up to a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment. During a press conference held on Friday last week, police claimed the man booed the national anthem and chanted slogans to insult the country. In addition to this, he allegedly raised a British Hong Kong colonial flag. Reportedly, police also found about 10 British Hong Kong flags of varying sizes on his person. Police believed he wished to "incite hatred and politicize the Olympic Games." At present, the Hong Kong police have begun an investigation in order to identify if any other shoppers present at the mall violated the national security law.
Hong Kong’s most successful week ever at the Olympics will have been a bittersweet experience for many residents #Tokyo2020 https://t.co/imaoQuRr2k— Bloomberg Opinion (@bopinion) July 29, 2021
Since the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997—a relic of the latter's continued imperialist forces in the region—athletes from Hong Kong have competed in the Olympics under the name of "Hong Kong, China." Although Hong Kong makes use of its regional flag during the sporting event, the Chinese national anthem is played when the city's athletes win gold medals. This has been viewed as another symbol of China's ongoing colonization of the "Special Administrative Region."
Hong Kong crowd’s reaction when they played the Chinese national anthem during the medal ceremony of HK’s first Olympic gold in a quarter century pic.twitter.com/VDHycjyORH— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 28, 2021
Hong Kong fencer Cheung is the first athlete to win a gold medal for Hong Kong at the Olympics since the handover first took place. Previously, in the year 1996, windsurfer Lee Lai-shan won a gold medal. At the time, the British national anthem 'God Save the Queen' was played. Home to 7.5 million residents of various nationalities and one of the most densely populated regions on the planet, Hong Kong was established as a colony of the British Empire in 1841 (and then again in 1842). The colony was created after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island from Xin'an County at the end of the First Opium War. The colony was expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860.
Double Silver and a Gold 🌟🥇🥈 #HongKong shines at #Olympics #Olympics2020 🏆🎖— Helene Li ✨🍀 (@helene_wpli) July 30, 2021
Siobhan Haughey & Edgar Cheung 🚀
Doing 🇭🇰 proud 👍🙌@CurtisSChin @psb_dc @alvinfoo @jblefevre60 @SimonCocking @charlesdhaussy @medhy_souidi @cherylnash2 @IrishTimes @efipm @flokemmerich pic.twitter.com/maIQdtma7j
Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898 and was thereafter occupied by Imperial Japan from 1941 to 1945. Following Japan's surrender, the British administration resumed until 1997. This is when the whole territory was transferred to China. Presently, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of "one country, two systems" but growing criticisms of China's over-influence have resulted in ongoing protests across the city. Most notably, China enforced an archaic extradition bill, endangering the rights, liberties, and lives of pro-democracy politicians and protesters.
Education Bureau severs ties with pro-democracy Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union after China state media call group a “malignant tumour”.— Hong Kong Liberty 攬炒團隊 (@HKLiberty_Team) July 31, 2021
With 95K members, the Union is #HongKong’s largest teachers’ organisation.
We expect more crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy groups. pic.twitter.com/RixJSMd5dQ