Hong Kong protest tune performs as a substitute of China anthem in rugby ultimate mix-up

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The Hong Kong authorities on Monday demanded an investigation after a song associated with the city’s pro-democracy movement was performed as a substitute of the Chinese language nationwide anthem earlier than a rugby sevens match between Hong Kong and South Korea.

Occasion organizers performed an instrumental model of “Glory to Hong Kong” because the groups lined up for the lads’s ultimate of the Asia Rugby Sevens Sequence in Incheon, South Korea on Sunday. The tune, an unofficial anthem of the town’s 2019 pro-democracy protests, contains lyrics {that a} Hong Kong court docket has beforehand dominated might incite secession – a nationwide safety offense.

Clips of the incident, during which the crew is proven standing to consideration on the sphere because the tune performs, circulated extensively on social media Monday, threatening to overshadow the Hong Kong crew’s 19-12 victory.

In an announcement, the Hong Kong authorities stated it “strongly deplores and opposes” the taking part in of the tune, which it stated was “closely associated with violent protests and the ‘independence’ movement in 2019.”

“We have already written to the Hong Kong Rugby Union last evening demanding them to deal with this matter seriously, launch a full and in-depth investigation and submit a detailed report, and convey our strong objection to Asia Rugby, who is the organizer of the Series,” a authorities spokesperson stated, in keeping with the assertion.

The match’s native organizer, Korea Rugby Union (KRU), instructed CNN the error occurred when a employee searched on-line for a Hong Kong anthem and added the highest outcome to a folder labeled “Hong Kong.” The broadcasting room employees performed the music file within the Hong Kong folder as a substitute of 1 labeled “China,” the group stated.

The organizer apologized by way of the stadium speaker and performed the Chinese language nationwide anthem on the finish of the match, in keeping with KRU.

“Korea Rugby Union will take all measures to prevent a repeat of such an occurrence in future matches,” the group stated, including that its “Hong Kong” folder has now been erased.

In an announcement, the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) stated it “expressed its extreme dissatisfaction” over the incident to the organizers. “Whilst we accept this was a case of human error it was nevertheless not acceptable,” the assertion stated.

Final week, a lady who waved a British colonial-era flag to have fun Hong Kong claiming Olympic gold turned the primary individual within the metropolis to be jailed on a cost of insulting the Chinese language nationwide anthem.

Hong Kong, a former British colony handed over to Beijing’s rule in 1997, sends its personal consultant groups separate from mainland China to a variety of sporting occasions, together with the Olympics.