Hong Kong protests: On National Day, demonstrators call for a new dress code

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Anyone taking part in the protests has been advised to tuck in their shirt and trousers, as a way to expose undercover police officers

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Hong Kong’s protesters are calling for everyone to tuck their shirts in, saying it would be more difficult to hide weapons this way.

Protesters in Hong Kong have annnounced a new dress code in anticipation of demonstrations on National Day: tuck your shirt in.

The messages, widely circulated on social media and encrypted platforms such as Telegram, claim such a fashion choice would make it harder for undercover police to hide revolvers or batons.

One officer, thought to have been undercover, fired a live round into the air in warning during clashes in Wan Chai on Sunday afternoon.

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Police have not confirmed that the officer – whose face was wrapped in coverings similar to that of the protesters – was on an undercover mission, merely saying he fired the shot to protect the safety of his colleagues, who were “surrounded and attacked” by protesters.

“You think it’s too nerdy to tuck your shirts in? It could probably save your life!” one post on the Reddit-like site LIHKG read.

“Everyone, tuck your shirt in on October 1 so the gun-carrying spies can be spotted.”

The protesters have drawn inspiration from the “Four Heavenly Kings of Canto-pop” – Leon Lai Ming, Aaron Kwok Fu-shing, Jacky Cheung Hok-yau and Andy Lau Tak-wah – by reproducing a picture taken in the 1990s in which the four singers had all tucked their shirts in.

A picture, featuring (from left) the Four Heavenly Kings of Canto-pop Leon Lai, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Andy Lau is circulated on LIHKG reading: October 1 is tuck-your-shirt-in day.
Photo: LIHKG

Others called for further caution and suggested rolling up trousers too, fearing officers could hide revolvers around their ankles.

Other measures being adopted by protesters included setting a scheduled message to reveal their name, age, ID card number and a warning they might have been arrested if they have not returned by a certain time.

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The protesters could cancel the scheduled message when they returned home safely.
It was intended to counter the tactics of police officers, who were seen deliberately drowning out the calls from arrested protesters to nearby social workers before being taken away.