HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s legislature is moving forward on a controversial bill that would criminalise abuse of China’s national anthem. Riot police officers stand guard as a second reading of a controversial national anthem law takes place in Hong Kong, China May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu A second reading of the bill is being held in the legislature on Wednesday. Protests outside the legislature are expected. WHAT IS IT? Hong Kong’s National Anthem Bill if passed into law by the legislature will govern the use and playing of the Chinese national anthem. This includes provisions that threaten to punish those who insult the anthem with up to three years jail and/or fines of up to HK$50,000 ($6,450). The bill states that “all individuals and organisations” should respect and dignify the national anthem and play it and sing it on “appropriate occasions”. It also orders that primary and secondary school students be taught to sing it, along with its history and etiquette. WHY IS IT CONTROVERSIAL? Anti-government protests last year were primarily aimed at resisting further integration with mainland China. The Chinese national anthem has been booed at several events, including football matches. Protesters and pro-democracy politicians say the… Read full this story
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