HONG KONG – Citing the need for officers to show “patriotism”, Hong Kong’s entire police force will change from a colonial-era British marching practice to the swan-step style seen on the Chinese mainland, the city force said on Friday. Said to said.
The hard-legged marching technique was first demonstrated publicly by Hong Kong authorities during National Security Education Day on 15 April – named to mark a law imposed by Beijing to crack down on dissent. empowers.
Police told AFP in a statement on Friday: “In order to show patriotism and promote love for their homeland and Hong Kong, the force is actively planning to fully introduce Chinese-style walking exercises.” “
Employees of China’s People’s Liberation Army barracks in Hong Kong have been teaching the city’s police officers the technique since February 2021.
Police have used goose-stepping in ceremonies and parades, but it will become part of the authorities’ daily routine from July 1 – the same day Hong Kong was handed over to China 25 years ago, a former British colony.
According to the statement, the Hong Kong Police College will host workshops on swan-stepping and flag hoisting for frontline officers in the second quarter of this year.
On Thursday, Hong Kong firefighters announced in an annual report that they would make a similar switch before the end of the month.
Officials from Hong Kong’s Customs and Excise, Immigration and Correctional Services departments also performed goose-steps as part of the ceremony.
The fart-stepping marching style, where uniformed officers kick straight legs in a robotic manner, was first used by Prussian soldiers and has become a hallmark of authoritarian regimes including Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China.