Hong Kong protesters sing and boo China anthem

Football fans hold up their phones and shout during a protest at the end of the World Cup qualifying match between Hong Kong and Iran at Hong Kong Stadium on September 10, 2019Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Protesters sang their new rallying cry at a stadium on Tuesday night

Hong Kong's protest movement made its presence felt in a sports stadium and shopping malls on Tuesday.

Fans attending an Iran v China football match drowned out the pre-game Chinese national anthem with loud booing.

Protesters have also staged flash events in shopping malls, singing Glory to Hong Kong which has become an unofficial anthem of the movement.

The protesters won a major concession last week when the extradition bill which sparked the unrest was scrapped.

But this has failed to end the unrest as protesters continue to demand full democracy and an investigation into allegations of police abuses.

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On Tuesday night, thousands of protesters gathered in shopping malls across Hong Kong chanting slogans and singing Glory to Hong Kong.

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Image caption Many protesters flooded shopping malls

In the popular shopping district of Mongkok, a sea of protesters dressed in black were seen congregating across the different levels of one mall.

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Twitter post by @jasonyng: Hundreds of shoppers spontaneously assembled at a mall atrium and broke into song. They sang “Glory to Hong Kong,” an ersatz national anthem (coz we aren’t a national and haven’t the right to an anthem). People ask what Communist China is most afraid of—the answer is right here. Image Copyright @jasonyng @jasonyng Report

Another video showed protesters chanting "Go Hong Kong" – a phrase that has been used frequently as a sign of encouragement.

Shopping malls have been the scene of clashes in recent weeks, with one incident in July seeing riot police fight battles with protesters inside a mall in the district of Sha Tin.

But the recent events have played out peacefully.

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Twitter post by @felixlihk: Without true democracy, HKer shall never surrender! This video shows citizens are gathered in a mall and cheering each other up after singing the song of #HKprotest “Glory to Hong Kong”. Image Copyright @felixlihk @felixlihk Report
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Twitter post by @anti_elab: 2200 #KwaiFong Metroplaza "Glory to Hong Kong" singing Image Copyright @anti_elab @anti_elab Report

Glory to Hong Kong was written by a local musician in response to calls for an anthem for protesters.

The lyrics include lines such as "Do you feel the rage in our cries? Rise up and speak up" and "persevere, for we are as one".

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Twitter post by @alexhofford: Hong Kongers have created a national anthem for themselves. It’s called ‘Glory to Hong Kong’.#HongKongProtests#antiELABhk #antiELAB Image Copyright @alexhofford @alexhofford Report

The new rallying cry has joined other popular songs used by the protest movement, including Do You Hear the People Sing? from musical Les Miserables and the Christian hymn Sing Hallelujah to the Lord.

It was also heard at the China v Iran football match on Tuesday at Hong Kong Stadium.

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Twitter post by @JeanieLeung: Sense of belonging cannot be forced. Happening in the same stadium, this is the anthem HKers would sing — the one song stands for our revolution, our fight for freedom. #StandwithHK  Image Copyright @JeanieLeung @JeanieLeung Report

The 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier saw thousands of protesting booing when the Chinese national anthem played before the start of the game.

The jeering, which could be heard from outside the stadium, was intended as a clear "message" to Beijing that they do not want to be part of China in the future, says the BBC's Nick Beake who was at the game.

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Twitter post by @Beaking_News: VIDEO  The moment #HongKong football fans began booing #China national anthem before the start of their @FIFAWorldCup qualifier against #Iran. #CarrieLam ‘s govt has delayed (another) controversial new law that could give 3 year prison term for disrespecting anthem.  @BBCWorld Image Copyright @Beaking_News @Beaking_News Report

It's not the first time people in Hong Kong have been heard booing the Chinese anthem – though it is not clear how long they might be able to do this.

In 2017 China passed a law making it illegal to disrespect the anthem, but the law has yet to be passed in Hong Kong.

'Too little, too late'

Hong Kong, formerly a British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Under the "one country, two systems" rule, the city is granted a high level of autonomy, an independent judiciary and rights such as freedom of speech.

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But those freedoms – the Basic Law – expire in 2047 and it is not clear what Hong Kong's status will then be.

There has been growing anti-mainland sentiment in recent years, and anger at what many feel is increasing mainland interference in Hong Kong affairs.

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This reached a tipping point when the Hong Kong parliament proposed a new law that would have enabled suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to China.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched on the streets in protest of the law, demanding that it be abandoned. The government initially suspended in June, and then finally dropped earlier this week – almost three months after protests first begun.

But protesters have said this is "too little, too late", and their demands have evolved into calls for a much wider set of reforms, including a call for universal suffrage.

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