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Listen to the Song That Hong Kong's Youthful Protesters Are Calling Their 'National Anthem'

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Hillary Leung / Hong Kong

 

Separatist ideas have been brewing in Hong Kong for some time—and calls for self-determination have grown louder during weeks of unrest. Now the territory has what many are calling a “national anthem.”

“Glory to Hong Kong” has spread like wildfire: on a quiet Monday night, hundreds of people spread out across four floors of a suburban shopping mall to sing it. The song has been watched on YouTube nearly 700,000 times, and at least half a dozen English translations, and a Japanese iteration, have surfaced.

The composer is Thomas, a full-time musician in his mid-twenties, who asked to be identified only by his first name. He says he recruited performers, as well as people to help with the mixing and arrangement, on Hong Kong’s Reddit-like forum LIHKG, after sharing a demo version last month.

“Music is a tool for unity,” he tells TIME. “I really felt like we needed a song to unite us and boost our morale.”

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Published on Sep 9, 2019

 

People gathered on Monday, September 9, 2019, at a Taikoo Shing mall and sang 願榮光歸香港 "Glory to Hong Kong" bebore chanting protest slogans.
 
 

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Hong Kong protesters boo Chinese anthem, leader warns against interference

Sept 10 2019

HONG KONG — Anti-government protests that have roiled Hong Kong for more than three months spread to the sports field on Tuesday, as many local fans defied Chinese law to boo the country’s national anthem ahead of a soccer World Cup qualifier against Iran.

The latest sign of unrest in the former British colony followed another weekend of sometimes violent clashes, in which police firing tear gas in cat-and-mouse skirmishes with protesters who at times smashed windows and started fires in the streets.

Earlier on Tuesday, the city’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, had warned against foreign interference in Hong Kong’s affairs, adding that an escalation of violence could not solve social issues in the Asian financial hub.

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