At least a dozen of Hong Kong police officers stopped and searched people on Thursday in Causeway Bay for attempting to mourn the man who killed himself after stabbing a police officer seven days after his death.

Stand News reported that officers stopped and warned a woman holding white flowers that any effort to pay tribute to the man could potentially be seen as inciting behaviour, and that she would be handed a ticket for littering if she put down the flowers.

A woman holding a bag of chives outside SOGO, Causeway Bay. Photo: Stand News.

Police have warned that mourning the man is akin to terrorism.

On Wednesday, a woman holding some chives was stopped and searched outside of SOGO department store in Causeway Bay, Stand News reported. She took out a flower and bowed during the search. The police officer warned her to stop.

The woman was later let go after a warning.

In Chinese culture, the seventh day after a person’s death is significant as it is believed that the ghost of the deceased will return home on that day.

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