Hong Kong soccer fans boo Chinese national anthem at World Cup qualifier

Associated Press
Hong Kong soccer fans boo Chinese national anthem at World Cup qualifier

Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city’s months of protests into the sports realm. The crowd broke out into “Glory to Hong Kong,” a song reflecting their campaign for more democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Hong Kong has been roiled by protests since June over an extradition bill that would have sent some residents to mainland China for trial.