Hong Kong to criminalise ‘mocking’ Chinese anthem

by Avi Yemini

A proposed new bill will make insulting the Chinese national anthem a jailable offence in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s government say they are ‘prioritising’ a new bill which they expect to pass into law.

Starry Lee now chairs the committee in charge of vetting bills.

Lee is a Beijing-loyalist who forced her way onto the Legislative Council’s House Committee on Friday.

Pro-democracy legislators vigorously oppose Starry Lee and the new bill.

An extradition bill last year sparked mass protests and forced the government into retreat.

This new bill violates Article 27 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which guarantees ‘freedom of speech’.

Hong Kong protesters vow to fight this ‘undemocratic’ law until the end with mass demonstrations planned.

More to follow.

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