a protest song that was composed and written by a musician under the
pseudonym “Thomas dgx yhl”, with the contribution of a group of Hongkonger
netizens from the online forum LIHKG during the 2019–2020 Hong Kong
protests. It was initially written in Cantonese and was eventually developed
into various language versions starting with English.
Variations of the song distributed by DGX Music, the team of creators who
own the rights to the title, were no longer available on Spotify, Apple’s
iTunes, Facebook and KKBOX worldwide on Wednesday, though a rendition
performed by a Taiwanese band still remained. Several music videos were also
accessible on YouTube on Thursday.
In a social media post on Wednesday, DGX Music said it was handling
“technical issues unrelated to the streaming platforms” and apologised for
the “temporary impact”.
On 6 June, the Hong Kong government sought a court order banning the
‘broadcasting, performing, printing, publishing, selling, offering for sale,
distributing, disseminating, displaying or reproducing in any way’ the
protest anthem which the government claims constitutes secession. The
injunction would block, and potentially criminalise, all internet
intermediaries, from the streaming media platforms [Apple’s iTunes, Spotify,
Facebook and Instagram’s Reels] to YouTube and Google, from providing access
to the song for Hong Kong internet users."
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