11th July 2019 – (Hong Kong) 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 today.
The flag is usually lowered at half mast to honour the death. 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.
Flying national flag at half staff
The national flag must be lowered to the half staff as a token of mourning when the following persons pass away—
(a)President of the People’s Republic of China, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Premier of the State Council and Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
(b)Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
(c)Persons who have made outstanding contributions to the People’s Republic of China as the Central People’s Government advises the Chief Executive.
(d)Persons who have made outstanding contributions to world peace or the cause of human progress as the Central People’s Government advises the Chief Executive.
2.The national flag may be flown at half staff as a token of mourning when the Central People’s Government advises the Chief Executive that unfortunate events causing especially serious casualties occur or serious natural calamities have caused heavy casualties.
However, if the national flag was hoisted upside down due to a genuine mistake, no criminal offence would have been committed.
Police Public Relations Branch has yet to respond to the incident.