Black Bauhinia Flag

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Demonstrators occupying the Legislative Council Chamber, with a Black Bauhinia visible in the background

The "Black Bauhinia" is a flag that is often displayed during the Hong Kong protests. Its design is based on the original red flag of Hong Kong, but with a black background and (in some versions) a modified flower.

There are three main variants of the design: the basic design, simply swapping out the red background for black; a variant of the black flag where a few petals are withered; and a variant of the withered flag where the petals are also bloodstained, and the dimensions are reduced to more of a square. The latter two designs also remove the stars in the petals that symbolize the People's Republic of China.

The Hong Kong customs and police consider the flag to be in violation of the Regional Flag Act and a potential trademark violation. Some lawyers, including the barrister Lu Weixiong, believe that the flag does not meet the specifications of the Regional Flag Act, has not been authorized as a flag, and contravenes the People's Republic of China Flag Law; however, he also was of the opinion that without sufficient evidence, the source of the flag cannot be reliably traced.[1]

The bloodstained-petal flag was used in the storming of the Legislative Council Complex, when the People's Republic of China flag was lowered at the Legislative Council and at Golden Bauhinia Square, and the Black Bauhinia flag was raised in its place. The original red Hong Kong flag was lowered to half-mast as a sign of mourning. The flag was also raised on July 6th, 2019 at the Cenotaph to mourn those who gave their life for their cause,[2] and it has also appeared on the scene of many police conflicts.

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  1. ^ Chen Shuxia, Liang Wencai (2019-07-01). "[Fugitive Offenders Ordinance] Net transmission Golden Bauhinia Square was replaced by "black flag" Barrister: or violation of the flag method". Hong Kong 01. Archived from the original on 2019-07-17. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  2. ^ "[Fugitive Offenders Ordinance] Hong Kong Zhongzhi Peace Monument, the Black Bauhinia Flag, the Anti-Reforms, the Light Citizens". Ming Pao. Archived from the original on 2019-07-12. Retrieved 2019-11-17.