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Top Hong Kong protest song removed from major music platforms

A popular Hong Kong protest song was no longer available Wednesday on several major music streaming sites and social media platforms, after the government sought an injunction to ban the tune.

“Glory to Hong Kong” rose to popularity during the 2019 pro-democracy protests, and became an unofficial protest anthem. In 2020, the government outlawed the protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” over secessionist and subversive connotations, and the song was widely considered to be banned in the city as its lyrics contained parts of the slogan.

Hong Kong, once a bastion of free speech and expression, has come under tighter scrutiny by Beijing after the unrest in 2019. Since then, its political system has undergone a major overhaul to ensure that only “patriots” loyal to Beijing can hold office. More than 250 people have been arrested under a sweeping national security law passed in 2020 that critics say is aimed at suppressing dissent.

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The creators of the song, DGX Music, said in a post on their Facebook page that it was “dealing with some technical issues related to streaming platforms” and apologized for the “temporary” issue.

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Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and Apple Music did not immediately comment.

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During a regular news briefing on Tuesday, Hong Kong’s leader John Lee said that the song was “not compatible with national interest” and that the city should “proactively and also preventively” safeguard national security.

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