Flag of Hong Kong hoisted upside down at Emperor Hotel in Wan Chai

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13th July 2019 – (Hong Kong) The flag of Hong Kong was hoisted upside down at the Emperor Hotel, 373 Queen’s Road East in Wanchai. A sharp passerby spotted the error at 10.45am today.

The management of Emperor Hotel has not responded to the incident.

Flag of Hong Kong.
Picture credit : Joyce Chan

There has been a series of flags being hoisted upside down in the last three days.

On 11th July, the National flag of China was hoisted upside down at Tung Chung Swimming Pool while a Hong Kong flag was hoisted upside down at half-staff outside the New Territories South Regional Police Headquarters at 8, Shing Mun Road in Tsuen Wan.

According to Section 7 of the Instrument A401 National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance, A person who desecrates the national flag or national emblem by publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on it commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 3 years.

However, if the national flag was hoisted upside down due to a genuine mistake, no criminal offence would have been committed.