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On the display of colonial flags in recent protests:

Ben Lim - It's clearly an indication they want the British instead of the Chinese government. Asking for separation from the Chinese government is the same as asking for independence.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 2:55am

Colonial flags a symbol of resentment, not a call for Hong Kong independence

Protestors of Reclaim Sheung Shui wave Hong Kong Colonial Flags outside Sheung Shui MTR station.

The display of colonial-era flags in recent protests is more about an anti-mainland feeling than a substantial movement for independence, most of this week’s SCMP Debate participants say.

19 Nov 2012 - 8:28am 44 comments

Flag-wavers have right to be ridiculous

Let us defend their right to be ridiculous.

What should be done with people who tried to provoke the government and Beijing by waving the British colonial flag during protests? Absolutely nothing. Lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung has a closet full of Che Guevara T-shirts. No one would waste time trying to tell him to wear something else.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:44pm 8 comments

Welcome back … to a town torn by anti-mainland anger

A protest depicting mainland tourists as locusts. Photo: AFP

I have been away from Hong Kong for a year. Yes, I have read about the growing resentment against mainlanders. But I never expected a welcome home party on Stanley beach to turn into a complaint forum.

At the party are my girls' classmates and their parents. This is a group that you would least expect anger from.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:42pm 17 comments

Hong Kong chief executive urges people not to wave colonial flag

Leung Kwok-hung hurls plastic faeces in Legco. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

People unhappy with the government don't need to wave the British flag to express discontent, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said yesterday.

His appeal, echoed by some Beijing-loyalist lawmakers, follows heated comments associating the waving of the flag with demands for independence.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:45pm 16 comments

Champions of HK autonomy should embrace full colonial history

Members of the Hong Kong City-State Autonomy Movement prepare a banner emblazoned with their adopted lion and dragon emblem, before a protest on national education. Photo: SCMP

The Hong Kong City-State Autonomy Movement claims that displays of the Hong Kong British flag are not a call for a return to colonialism but, rather, "the defence of the lion and dragon and the blending of the East and West". Opponents say the flag belongs in a museum. Yet, the use of the flag as an icon of Hong Kong cannot be removed from our history of colonialism.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:43pm 7 comments

Beijing finds Hongkongers' nostalgia for colonial era hard to fathom

Colonial-era flags on view at a protest in Sheung Shui.

Four years after Chen Zuoer retired from the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, he dominated Hong Kong's newspaper headlines again two weeks ago when he lamented the waving of British flags during recent demonstrations in Hong Kong.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:41pm 3 comments

Police criticised for not hoisting national flag

A legislator has criticised the practice of not hoisting the national flag at police stations as 'showing no respect' to the country.

Wong Kwok-hing, of the Federation of Trade Unions, pressed for a change yesterday.

A review last year led to an additional 108 government venues hoisting the national flag.

25 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Teacher flies the flag for discipline and national pride

If there is greater interest among youngsters in the national flag these days, Hui Chun-lung has had a lot to do with it.

The high school teacher has helped 280 schools form their own flag-guards in the past four years.

2 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Filmmaker flies the flag to provoke discussion on a burning issue

A desire to understand why it's an offence to burn the Hong Kong flag has secured Verdy Leung Wai-yee a place as a finalist in the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei.

5 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Flag protest aimed at Communist Party

So Dr Raymond Wu Wai-yung feels that the flag-burning incident on National Day was caused by a lack of 'civil education' and 'an idea of nation' ('Leftist links flag-burning to lack of patriotic education', South China Morning Post, October 4).

21 Oct 2002 - 12:00am