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Hong Kong Police Adopt ‘Goose Step’ Marching to Boost Patriotism

  • City to drop British-era foot drills on handover anniversary
  • Comes as Beijing tightens grip, purges signs of colonial past
Police officers perform a drill during National Security Education Day at the Hong Kong Police College in 2021.
Police officers perform a drill during National Security Education Day at the Hong Kong Police College in 2021.Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

Hong Kong police will officially swap British-style marching for the “goose step” used in mainland China on July 1, as the city sheds signs of its colonial past under Beijing’s growing control.

“To promote patriotism and enhance the awareness of national identity, the Hong Kong Police Force will fully adopt Chinese foot drills from July 1,” the HKPF said in a statement to Bloomberg News.