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12 Jan 2019 | 09:33 PM UTC

Hong Kong: New law bans insults to Chinese national anthem

Hong Kong, SAR China News Alert

Authorities unveil a new law punishing people disrespecting the Chinese national anthem

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/10/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong

Event

On Wednesday, January 9, Hong Kong announced a proposed law that would punish individuals disrespecting the Chinese national anthem with up to three years in jail. The former british colony authorities plan to copy mainland China by bringing in a maximum three year prison sentence for "serious" cases of disrespect towards the national anthem. Offenders may also face fines of up to HKD 50,000 (USD 6380).

Context

The bill - which will be presented to the city's Parliament on Jan 23 - is a point of contention amid ongoing tensions between Chinese authorities and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, who have booed or turned their back on the Chinese flag at events as a point of protest.

Advice

Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to avoid protests, public gatherings, and rallies due to the risk of arrest, monitor the situation, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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