Hidden Agenda fans flooded the internet with memes and comics after the industrial building live house was raided on Sunday night, leading to the arrests of seven people.

Members of overseas groups This Town Needs Guns and Mylets have been allowed to leave Hong Kong, but must return in June as they are suspected of breaching their conditions of stay.

See also: Hidden Agenda raid: All 7 released, as UK band laments Hong Kong’s ‘difficult’ creative environment

Venue founder Hui Chung-wo was charged with four different immigration offences, while two others were charged with obstructing a police officer and assault respectively.


Posted by DDED on Sunday, 7 May 2017

Graphic artist DDED mocked the deployment of dozens of officers in riot gear and police dogs in a cartoon posted a mere two hours after they arrived at the independent music venue.

“Stop! Drop your microphones!” shout six officers in the cartoons, pointing pistols and rifles at three musicians.

Posted by DDED on Sunday, 7 May 2017

ArmChannelTV placed two photographs side by side. One featured local band Thud playing at Hidden Agenda, and the other featured “singing aunties” – a trend of dancing and singing in public spaces perceived to be imported from mainland China.

“Two types of people play music in Hong Kong,” read the caption. “One gets arrested, the other does not.”

只準公園高歌,不準工廈Encore ! 話說,琴晚This Town Needs Guns係香港工廈搖滾聖地Hidden Agenda演出時,有入境處職員放蛇,指樂隊簽證有問題,更指 場地負責人涉嫌聘請黑工,入境處人員更企圖強行帶走負責人,之後更有大批警察現場介入,指有人打架生事,拘捕多人。

Posted by 啱Channel on Sunday, 7 May 2017

Bottled water brand Cool also lamented the incident in a Facebook post, posting a photograph of what appeared to be the front gate of the music venue.

Instead of reading “Hidden Agenda,” however, the sign above the door read: “Once upon a time, we had a hidden culture of music.”

【COOLosophy:珍惜不同】就是要有著各式各樣的聲音,這個世界才會精彩!拒絕麻木,探索主流以外的可能性,你會發現隱藏的議題也很值得欣賞。This Town Needs Choices. #COOL #清涼水 #COOLosophy #拒絕麻木

Posted by COOL 清涼水 on Monday, 8 May 2017

“This Town Needs Choices,” read the post, in reference to the name of the British band whose members were arrested.

“If you refuse to be numb and discover possibilities outside of the mainstream, you will find that hidden topics are also deserving of your praise.”

Hidden Agenda
Hidden Agenda. File photo: Tom Grundy.

See also: CY Leung defends raid on live house Hidden Agenda, hails success of industrial building revitalisation

Chief executive Leung Chun-ying and several pro-Beijing lawmakers have defended Sunday night’s raid, which received widespread media coverage.

Elson Tong

Elson Tong

Elson Tong is a graduate of international relations and former investigations consultant. He has also written for Stand News.