HONG KONG – Citing the need for officers to show “patriotism”, Hong Kong’s entire police force will switch from a colonial-era British marching practice to the swan-stepping style seen on the Chinese mainland, the city force said on Friday. said.
The hard-legged marching technique was first demonstrated publicly by Hong Kong authorities on April 15 during National Security Education Day – named to mark a law imposed by Beijing that empowered action on dissent Is.
“In order to show patriotism and promote love for our motherland and Hong Kong, the force actively plans for a full rollout of Chinese-style walking exercises,” police told AFP in a statement on Friday.
Employees of China’s People’s Liberation Army barracks in Hong Kong have been teaching the city’s police officers the technique since February 2021.
Police have used swan-stepping in ceremonies and parades, but it will become part of the authorities’ daily routine from 1 July – the same day Hong Kong was handed over to China 25 years ago, the former British colony.
According to the statement, the Hong Kong Police College will host workshops on swan-stepping and flag hoisting for frontline officers in the second quarter of this year.
On Thursday, Hong Kong firefighters announced in an annual report that they would make a similar switch before the end of the month.
Officials from Hong Kong’s Customs and Excise, Immigration and Correctional Services departments have also performed swan-stepping as part of the celebrations.
The fart-stepping marching style, where uniformed officers kick straight-legs in a robotic manner, was first used by Prussian soldiers and has become a hallmark of authoritarian regimes including Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China.