“Glory to Hong Kong”
Protest Song – “Glory to Hong Kong” a song used in anti-government protests all over Hong Kong, has been taken down from iTunes and Spotify. Last week, the song was topping the Hong Kong music charts, and it has now vanished.
The song reached the government’s radar after being played in the stead of the Chinese national anthem at some official events, but the announcement of their intention to ban it made it even more popular.
This ban means that anyone involved in broadcasting, performing, selling of distribution even through the internet, could face charges under National Security Law. This is seen as another attempt to crackdown protests in Hong Kong over their diminishing autonomy and democracy, even though they are supposed to have special rights separate from mainland China as a Special Administrative Region.
Spotify announced that the song had been taken down by the distributor, even though the composer spoke out saying he did not wish for his song to be removed. However, this is not the first of the efforts to get rid of the song.
Glory to Hong Kong has been banned in schools following 2020, and the government has even petitioned Google to have the song lowered in search results. This has been unsuccessful, as searches still display it as Hong Kong’s national song instead of the Chinese national anthem.
Hong Kong’s leader, John Lee, said:
“Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has a duty and obligation to safeguard national security, and we should do it proactively and preventively.”
Meanwhile, the head of the China team at Amnesty International, Sarah Brooks, says:
“National Security may not be used as an excuse to deny people the right to express different political views.”