Three men have been fined for smoking in the Palace Museum, said Beijing police Saturday.
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mmed along when the well-known tune of Under the Lion Rock and Pearl of the Orient were played.
上海千花坊The signboards and banners — hoisted high along with the nationa
l flag and the Hong Kong SAR flag — read “Safeguard Hong Kong” and “Say No to Violence.”
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of ethnic minority groups in the city. Among them are former commissioner of police Tang King-shing, former Le
上海千花坊gislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing and former secretary for food and health Ko Wing-man.
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esidents in Tamar Park on Saturday afternoon to show their support and gratitude to the city’s police force.
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face masks or helmets — in contrary to those radical protesters who wanted to hide their identities from the police.
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account on July 20 said that the three smokers’ behavior violated principles of public conduct.
All three have confessed and apologized to the public. 上海千花坊女神会所
They are aged around 20 years old and traveled to Beijing for a summer holiday, according to Beijing police.
上海千花坊The Palace Museum is a historical and cultural heritage site that should be protect
ed by the public, with all visitors abiding by the rules to maintain social order, said police.
Having posted a video of their smoking online, each was fined 200 yuan for disturbing public order. 上海千花坊女神会所
The video was shot in an open-air area in the museum and shows a man asking who dares to
上海千花坊女神会所smoke in the Palace Museum and another inhaling a cigarette before saying, “Awesome”.
The video enraged Chinese netizens, with one saying he doesn’t want the 600-year-old Palace Museum to be burned like No
tre-Dame and another saying the men should be banned from tourist attractions.