Hong Kong police on Friday opened an investigation into the boos of the Chinese national anthem at a shopping center live streaming the city’s first Olympic gold medal in 25 years earlier this week.
More than 100 people gathered briefly in a shopping mall Monday evening to watch Cheung Ka Long win the Olympic men’s individual fencing title on the big screen.
Police said they filed complaints that some people booed at the awards ceremony when the Chinese national anthem was played, according to local media. Some shouted “We are Hong Kong,” the South China Morning Post reported on Friday.
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“Police have opened an investigation into the incident and will collect relevant evidence,” police told Reuters in a statement. He gave no further details.
Hong Kong passed a law in June 2020 that criminalizes disregarding the Chinese national anthem. Anyone found guilty of abusing or insulting the anthem could face a prison sentence of up to three years and a fine.
Monday’s broadcast in the mall was a rare opportunity for Hong Kong people to come together, with groups limited to a handful since early 2020 due to the coronavirus.
COVID-19 and a sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing in June last year effectively ended the mass pro-democracy protests that began in 2019 against China’s tightening grip. on the former British colony.
Since the law came into force, the most prominent pro-democracy politicians and activists have been indicted and some sent to jail. Others fled the city and went into self-exile.
Chinese and Hong Kong officials say the law was vital in restoring stability and that all prosecutions are evidence-based and have nothing to do with a person’s background or profession.