Hong Kong man arrested for playing protest songs

Police in Hong Kong say they arrested a man playing a harmonica on the day of Queen Elizabeth's state funeral for allegedly inciting sedition.

Police say they arrested the 43-year-old man on Monday night in front of the British Consulate General. They say he was released on bail on Tuesday.

Local media say the man played the song "Glory to Hong Kong" on a harmonica. The tune was sung at rallies during massive pro-democracy protests in 2019.

On the day of the arrest, many people were visiting the British Consulate General to mourn the late Queen, laying flowers and taking photos.

After the funeral was over, some people gathered and chanted the slogan "Be strong, Hong Kong people," another widely used rally cry at past protests. Police rushed to the scene.

Hong Kong has been tightening control over free speech since the 2020 introduction of a national security law aimed at keeping in check anti-government activities.

Authorities have cracked down on demonstration slogans they say incite secession.