Daily flag-raising ceremonies in Hong Kong now feature a Chinese-style goose step ahead of force-wide implementation

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Officers who conduct daily raising and lowering ceremonies for Hong Kong’s flag began adding Chinese-style marches to their routine this week, police said.

Ceremonies are held daily in Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Wan Chai. The first takes place at 8 a.m. and the second at 6 p.m.

The Golden Bauhinia in Hong Kong. File photo: GovHK.

According to a police statement, officers began implementing the Chinese-style goose step in ceremonies on Monday.

China’s People’s Liberation Army Garrison in Hong Kong began holding officer training last February, and the Chinese-style drills were performed in public for the first time on National Day. national security education last April.

They were also displayed at a flag-raising ceremony on July 1 last year – the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China.

Chinese-style foot drills “require a specific military ‘posture’ and synchronized movements with regular, sonorous steps”, according to Offbeat, a magazine edited by the police.

Force-Wide Implementation

The new form of marching in daily ceremonies comes ahead of this year’s July 1 festivities, after which police will implement full-force Chinese-style foot drills. Police said in January they would make the change to replace the current style of marching, which has British characteristics rooted in the city’s colonial past.

Flag-raising ceremony to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong SAR at Golden Bauhinia Square. File photo: GovHK.

“In addition to passing out ceremonies and parades, officers at all levels will adopt Chinese-style foot drill protocols in a daily routine, such as the salute,” an article in Offbeat Lily.

An e-learning course was launched earlier by the Hong Kong Police College on exercise movement skills.

The police announcement comes just a year after then-police chief Chris Tang said the force had “no intention” of changing its marching style.

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