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Thursday, August 08, 2019, 14:12
HK residents pay respect to national flag
By Gu Mengyan
Thursday, August 08, 2019, 14:12 By Gu Mengyan

Local residents gather at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to play the national anthem and pay respect to the Chinese national flag in Hong Kong, Aug 8, 2019. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG - More than 100 people attended a rally at the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to pay respect to the national flag and emblem on Thursday morning. The rally was held in response to a series of violent protests that have seen the national flag being desecrated and have undermined national dignity. 

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The organizer of the rally, surnamed Lau, said the “one country, two systems” principle faced its biggest challenge in two decades as black-clad protesters tossed the national flag into the sea twice and blatantly defaced the national emblem in the liaison office building.

A 70-year-old retired public school teacher, surnamed Cheung, brought his two grandchildren to the pier to attend the solemn ceremony. It was the third time that such a ceremony was held this week.

Local residents gather at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to play the national anthem and pay respect to the Chinese national flag in Hong Kong, Aug 8, 2019. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

“I want to send a message to them that Hong Kong is part of China and we should all cherish peace and order,” he said. 

A businessman, surnamed Wong, delayed his regular commute between Hong Kong and Shenzhen to attend the rally. “Radical acts are intolerable. The police should be resolute in enforcing the law,” he said.

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Liu, a 40-year-old member of a martial-arts family from Shantou in Guangdong province, joined the ceremony with dozens of his family members to pay their respect to the national flag.

According to the National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, “a person who desecrates the national flag or national emblem by publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on it commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 3 years.”

Local residents gather at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to play the national anthem and pay respect to the Chinese national flag in Hong Kong, Aug 8, 2019. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

Local residents gather at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to play the national anthem and pay respect to the Chinese national flag in Hong Kong, Aug 8, 2019. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

Local residents gather at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to play the national anthem and pay respect to the Chinese national flag in Hong Kong, Aug 8, 2019. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

Local residents gather at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to play the national anthem and pay respect to the Chinese national flag in Hong Kong, Aug 8, 2019. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)


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