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VIDEO: Hong Kong crowd booed China’s anthem, police made an arrest

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Hong Kong police are looking into an incident in which a crowd watching the Olympics booed China’s national anthem, BBC reported

On Monday, hundreds of people gathered in a shopping mall to watch a live broadcast and cheer on Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung, who won gold in the men’s individual foil.

When the Chinese national anthem was played, some in the audience began jeering, while others shouted “We are Hong Kong,” according to video taken at the scene.

According to a recently enacted law, insulting the national anthem is illegal.

Anyone found in violation of the national anthem law faces up to three years in prison and a fine of HK$50,000 (£4,600, $6,400).

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal reports, police in Hong Kong arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of insulting the Chinese national anthem after videos of people waving a colonial Hong Kong flag and booing when the song was played during an Olympics ceremony circulated online.

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