Nov. 4, 2017, China's rubber-stamp legislature has made disrespecting the national anthem a criminal offense punishable by up to three years in prison. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)According to Maplestory Mesos the amendment passed Saturday in Beijing, penalties include detention, imprisonment of up to three years and the deprivation of political rights. Such punishments previously applied to the desecration of the national flag and emblem in public, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.The legislature also moved to apply a separate, recently passed law on the national anthem to Hong Kong and Macau.
Chinese semiautonomous regions with separate legal systems.Soccer fans in Hong Kong have booed the anthem when it's played at games between the home team and teams from China or other countries, leading to fines from FIFA, the sport's governing body. Pro-democracy activists and lawmakers fear a national anthem law could be used to undermine freedom of speech in Hong Kong.
The National Anthem Law, which came into effect in October, stated that playing the anthem on occasions deemed improper, including funerals, or for changing its wording or presenting it in a disrespectful manner could be punished with 15 days in detention.
China's legislature adopted a decision to include buy Maplestory Items the law in Hong Kong's and Macau's mini-constitutions, known in each territory as the Basic Law.Xinhua cited Zhang Rongshun, deputy director of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the top parliamentary body, as saying it was "urgent and important" to apply the anthem law in Hong Kong to address recent incidents."