n a tradition that dates back to long before the start of the anti-extradition protests, Hong Kong football fans booed the Chinese national anthem as it was played before a match on Tuesday.
The booing was so loud in the stands that it was difficult to even hear “March of the Volunteers” being played in the city’s stadium prior to the team’s World Cup qualifier against Iran. Afterward, fans sang their own unofficial anthem called “Glory to Hong Kong.”
Hongkongers first began booing China’s national anthem ahead of football matches in June 2015. The trend has continued despite fines from FIFA and Beijing enacting a new law making it illegal to mock the national anthem on penalty of a maximum of three years in prison.
Partly due to this summer’s protests, however, that law has yet to pass Hong Kong’s own legislature.