Members of social alliance Safeguard Hong Kong kick-start a citywide campaign to protect the national flag on Friday. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG-In the run-up to the National Day, a social alliance launched a citywide campaign on Friday, calling for Hong Kong people to protect national flags flying in the city after radical anti-government protesters desecrated national flags on several occasions to vent their discontent.
The past weekend saw black-clad, masked protesters remove Chinese national flags from their flagpoles in several places. They then trampled on them, spray-painted them and burned them.
The alliance — Safeguard Hong Kong — estimated that 10,000 volunteers will participate in the campaign, while it hopes more people will join.
The campaign aims to raise awareness among Hong Kong people about the need to respect and protect symbols of the motherland, as well as promoting their patriotic spirit, said alliance convener Kennedy Wong Ying-ho.
A 13–year old girl was charged with conspiracy to desecrate the national flag on Friday. She was arrested on Sept 21 for burning the national flag in Tuen Mun. A 21-year-old man was also charged on Tuesday with one count of desecrating the national flag in Sha Tin.
Recent news reports have also shown numerous street brawls between people with different political ideas.
Wong noted that volunteers will take peaceful actions to protect the national flag. They will not provoke any conflicts, and use loudspeakers to stop the protesters from desecrating national flags. They will also make videos of any disruptions and report them to police.
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