Hong Kong court rejects government ban on protest song
30 July 2023 | 12:33 pm
A top court in the semi-autonomous territory has turned down an effort to ban the protest song "Glory to Hong Kong." The anthem emerged from the city's widespread pro-democracy protests in 2019.
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