Beijing-backed Hong Kong govt bans criticism of Chinese anthem on anniversary of Tiananmen bloodbath

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Hong Kong MPs on Thursday accepted a controversial regulation that makes it a felony offence to disrespect the Chinese nationwide anthem, as 1000’s of demonstrators have defied a ban to commemorate the victims of the Tiananmen Square bloodbath in Beijing 31 years in the past.

Under the brand new regulation, violators of China’s nationwide anthem, the March of the Volunteers, withstand three years in jail and/or fines of as much as €5,913. The regulation additionally requires that schoolchildren within the territory be taught the anthem and its historical past.

The invoice was handed by 41 votes to at least one within the parliament. Ahead of the vote, two lawmakers threw a foul-smelling liquid on to the ground of the legislature to protest in opposition to the 1989 lethal crackdown. They had been faraway from the chamber.

On 4 June 1989, troops and tanks opened hearth on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. Since then, no official dying toll has been launched by Chinese officers. However, rights teams estimate lots of if not 1000’s had been killed, whereas many individuals had been jailed in a subsequent purge.

This yr, the commemorations had been banned. Police mentioned that 3,000 riot officers can be deployed to cease them.