Netizens change their Facebook profile pictures to signify the death of democracy


12th June 2019 – (Hong Kong) Many netizens have lamented their despair over the government’s use of excessive violence against the protestors and a lot of them have just changed their Facebook profile picture to a black defiled five-petal orchid to signify the death of democracy. The original flag of Hong Kong features a white, stylised, five-petalHong Kong orchid (Bauhinia blakeana) flower in the centre of a red field. 

According to the Protocol Division Government Secretariat, National and regional flags or emblems which are damaged, defiled, faded or substandard must not be displayed or used. Also, a person who desecrates the national and regional flags or emblems by publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on them commits an offence.