Individuals react once they see Siobhan Bernadette Haughey of Hong Kong swim in a Hong Kong mall within the ladies’s 100m freestyle closing on the 2020 Summer season Olympics on Friday, July 30th. Vernon Yeun / NurPhoto / AP
Hong Kong police arrested a person after allegedly booing on the Chinese language nationwide anthem whereas watching an Olympic awards ceremony in a mall, authorities stated Friday.
The 40-year-old was accused of “insulting” the anthem when he noticed an awards ceremony stay on Monday wherein Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung received town’s first gold medal in 25 years.
When the Hong Kong flag was hoisted and the volunteers’ march was streamed stay, the person – posing as a journalist – was accused of “insulting” the anthem, police stated. He was arrested on suspicion of violating the Nationwide Anthem Ordinance, which got here into pressure final June. The indictment gives for a most sentence of three years in jail.
Some backgrounds: For the reason that handover in 1997, Hong Kong athletes have been competing within the Olympic Video games underneath the title “Hong Kong, China”. Whereas Hong Kong makes use of its regional flag on the Video games, the Chinese language anthem is performed when town’s athletes win gold medals.
Cheung grew to become the primary individual to win a gold medal for Hong Kong on the Olympics because it was handed over. A second gold medal was beforehand received by windsurfer Lee Lai-shan in 1996, when the British nationwide anthem God Save the Queen was performed.
Throughout a press convention on Friday, a police officer stated the arrest got here after the person allegedly booed the nationwide anthem and sang slogans to insult the nation. Police stated the person had additionally displayed a British colonial flag from Hong Kong, including that his purpose was to incite hatred and politicize the Olympics.
Police additionally stated they discovered the person was carrying about 10 British Hong Kong flags of various sizes and added that they might proceed investigating whether or not anybody current on the mall had violated the nationwide safety regulation.