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Hong Kong Appeals Court Grants Government Request to Ban "Glory to Hong Kong" Protest Song

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In a recent development in Hong Kong, an appeals court has given approval to the government's plea to ban the widely popular protest anthem, "Glory to Hong Kong," sparking concerns about diminishing freedoms in the global financial hub. The song, often sung by demonstrators during massive anti-government protests in 2019, has been a symbol of resistance for many residents in the city.

The decision to ban the song comes in the wake of heightened tensions and increased control from Beijing, particularly after the 2019 protests that rocked Hong Kong. Critics of the ban argue that it represents a further encroachment on freedom of expression and could potentially have implications for the city's reputation as a business and tech hub. The ruling states that individuals advocating for Hong Kong's separation from China through the song will be subject to legal action, including fines or imprisonment for not complying with the ban.

Judge Jeremy Poon, in his assessment of the song, highlighted its emotive power and described it as a "weapon" that could influence residents' sentiments. The ban also extends to prohibiting actions that misrepresent the song as the national anthem, adding another layer of control to the restrictions. Despite the ban, exceptions are made for lawful journalistic and academic uses of the song, allowing it to be played in certain contexts. However, recent reports have surfaced of Hong Kong residents being arrested for playing the song in public without permits, indicating a broader crackdown on dissent in the city.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09