An unauthorized Auto-da-fé in Wanchai

A 74-year-old mainlander was arrested and indicted on Friday after lowering the flag at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wanchai without authorization (擅自, shànzì), and setting it on fire. The flag was immediately replaced, reports Xinhua (via Enorth). According to Xinhua, the indictment is about violating the National Flag and National Emblem Bill (国旗及国徽条例). Kowloon Magistrate’s Court starts hearing the case on Saturday (today).

The report does not specify which of the two flags – that of Hong Kong, or the PRC – was vandalized.

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Flag-raising ceremony, YouTube, 2008

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