Non-English characters appear corrupted in Regex

Hi guys , I have a problem with preg_replace

$text = preg_replace('/(?<!\S)#([0-9\p{L}]+)/', '<a href="/hashtag/$1" class="hashtagHref">#$1</a>', $text);

For non-English characters, it returns: ���

But the same code works fine for non-English characters in this link I have the tag <meta charset = "UTF-8">'on my page just in case. Thanks in advance

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