Opinion  How a song threatens the Chinese Communist Party’s grip

Can a song endanger the national security of China and threaten to subvert the power of the ruling Communist Party?

You read that correctly — a song.

Hong Kong officials seem to fear it can, as they are seeking an injunction against a protest anthem called “Glory to Hong Kong.” Officials have asked a court to ban the song from being performed, broadcast, distributed, displayed, sold, printed or published by any means and on any platform.

Not just the lyrics but also the melody. Under the government’s sweeping request, even humming it on the subway or street could violate the city’s draconian national security law.

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