Graffiti daubed across the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London “reflected the nefarious intentions of destabilising foreign forces to cause chaos and disruption in Hong Kong,” the city’s government said.

Hong Kong's trade office in London.
Hong Kong’s trade office in London as shared on Instagram. HKFP is unable to verify its authenticity. Photo: findfamilyinthenorth, via Instagram.

A press release issued on Wednesday said that “indecent and offensive” language had been spray-painted in red across the trade office on Tuesday, and the regional emblem “defiled.”

The incident had been reported to the British police and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Hong Kong government “must strongly condemn these acts and will pursue legal liability of the individuals involved,” the statement added, as it “called on the British police to handle the matter seriously.”

It is unclear what the graffiti said from a photo posted on Instagram. HKFP was unable to verify the authenticity of the picture.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.