The anthem wars are apparently only just heating up. At least six people who gathered in Aberdeen last night to sing protest anthems were injured when an unidentified corrosive liquid was tossed on them from an apartment window above.
About 50 people had gathered on the ground floor of the Ap Lei Chau Estate for a sing-along of Glory to Hong Kong.
An eyewitness told Ming Pao that the liquid, along with some glass bottles, was tossed from the 11th floor of one of the buildings.
One of the injured told RTHK: “We were just chanting slogans and singing songs, and then suddenly, we felt some drops of a corrosive liquid, and also saw some glass bottles thrown at us. So we ran to find shelter and helped administer first aid to people who got hit.”
Photographs posted to a Facebook group for Ap Lei Chau residents show that protesters sustained blisters to their legs
The same injured woman told RTHK that she had helped tend to those who were hurt by pouring water on them and helping them remove clothes soaked in liquid.
Police arrived at the scene at 10pm. No arrests have been made yet and police are still investigating.
While only about a week old, Glory to Hong Kong has quickly been adopted by anti-government protesters as an “unofficial national anthem” for Hong Kong and shown up in public settings like football matches and quickly organized gatherings in malls.
Videos on social media showed that thousands of Hongkongers gathered to sing the song last night at big shopping malls in Causeway Bay, Sham Shui Po, Yuen Long, and elsewhere.
This is Causeway Bay Times Square tonight:
— #AntiELAB Fight for Hong Kong (@Fight4HongKong) September 12, 2019
There was also a sing-along at Central’s IFC mall, which hours earlier had been at the center of a sing-off between pro-Beijing supporters singing Ode to the Motherland and pro-democracy supporters singing Glory to Hong Kong.
When the #aniELAB protest transforms, when the tear gas police chuck no longer works in suppressing people, this is the scene. Thousands gathering at the IFC Mall, one of the city’s most luxurious shopping centres to sing a song they think representing them: #GloryToHongKong. pic.twitter.com/8wlWK7SWKy
— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) September 12, 2019