A Hong Kong man admitted “supporting acts of insulting the national anthem” by reposting footage of a protest song being played at a rugby match in South Korea, as a court convicted him on Friday under a colonial-era sedition law.
Courier Wong Chun-kit, 42, had shared two posts on Twitter where the original authors praised the blunder in Incheon on November 13 when the visiting Hong Kong team faced the host nation in the tournament’s final, the West Kowloon Court heard.
Tournament organiser Asia Rugby erroneously played the anti-government protest song “Glory to Hong Kong” instead of “March of the Volunteers” before the match. They later admitted to downloading the wrong song from the internet and apologised for the mix-up.
One of the tweets shared by Wong showed the viral video clip and a statement that read: “Thanks to Incheon, South Korea, for recognising Hong Kong’s national anthem.” The same footage appeared on the other tweet, which said: “You’re not wrong! It’s the national anthem!”
Prosecutor Vincent Lee Ting-wai said reposting the footage alongside those remarks constituted a seditious act as it was capable of inciting others to flout the law or any lawful order.
The two tweets were among 113 seditious publications the defendant made on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram between January 2021 and November this year.
Other provocative content created by Wong included posts where he attacked Chinese President Xi Jinping by telling him to “stop and get out” of Hong Kong during his visit to the city on June 30 and July 1 this year, the court heard.
The defendant also insulted the Chinese flag, the Hong Kong government and police, urged others to avoid Covid-19 vaccinations and incited separatism with calls such as independence for Guangdong province, the prosecution said.