HONG KONG — Hong Kong police mentioned Tuesday they’ve arrested a person who paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II close to town’s British Consulate for alleged sedition.
Police mentioned the 43-year-old man was detained late Monday close to the consulate, the place dozens of individuals had gathered to recollect the late monarch. Elizabeth was sovereign within the metropolis when it was a British colony earlier than its handover to Chinese language rule in 1997.
Native media experiences mentioned the detained man had stood outdoors the consulate taking part in songs on a harmonica together with “Glory to Hong Kong,” the anthem of pro-democracy protests that rocked town in 2019. Video shared on social media confirmed the group singing alongside as the person performed.
Police mentioned the person was arrested for investigation on suspicion of “committing an act with seditious intent,” a legislation that was launched in the course of the colonial period. They didn’t present additional particulars.
1000’s of Hong Kong residents have lined up in current days in entrance of the British Consulate and left floral tributes to the queen, recognized affectionately as “boss girl” by many within the metropolis who nonetheless bear in mind colonial rule.
Till the arrest, Hong Kong authorities had allowed the orderly, somber outpouring of grief to proceed.