China has passed a legislation to punish any individual who fails to respect the national anthem or flag in public and the offenders could face up to three years imprisonment. The Chinese national anthem law amendment was approved during a committee meeting of the country’s parliament.
Chinese president Xi Jinping since assuming office in 2013 has ushered new legislation which is aimed at protecting China from threats coming from both and within and outside the Chinese chores.
In September, the Chinese government passed a decree that any individual found mocking the “March of the volunteers”national anthem will be mandated to police detention for about 15 days.This particular law covers the Hong Kong and Macau.According to the Chinese national anthem law amendment, “The March of the Volunteers” won’t be used as background music in public places and performing the song inappropriately is totally forbidden
The Chinese parliament is now deliberating on whether to amend the criminal law to add criminal penalties for people that disrespect the national anthem, which includes intentionally distorting the national anthem lyrics or tune.
A harder punishment applies to anybody found guilty of burning, defacing or trampling the national or emblem in public or any form its desecration.
At the ongoing bi-monthly session of the Chinese parliament’s standing committee, the draft amendment has been submitted for its deliberation.
According to the draft amendment “Violators in this regard may face punishments of up to three years of imprisonment,”
The national anthem law has been a major concern for Hong Kong residents who have grown concern about the Chinese encroachment of the city’s autonomy.
In 2015, it was recalled that some Hong Kong football fans during a world cup qualifier booed the Chinese national anthem this resulted in FIFA handling a ban to the territory’s football association.
The ongoing Chinese national anthem law amendment move will help strengthen the Communist part of China.