HONG KONG has passed a law making it a crime to disrespect China’s national anthem.
The new national anthem bill is in part reactionary to anti-government protests last year, but Beijing’s grip over Hong Kong continues to tighten.
Last month, China’s ceremonial parliament voted to bypass Hong Kong’s legislature and enact national security legislation for the semi-autonomous territory.
Democracy activists and many legal experts worry that the law could curtail free speech and opposition political activities.
In addition, 15 veteran activists were recently arrested on charges of organizing and taking part in last year’s demonstrations.