Lam: don't try to challenge the anthem law

Local | 15 Jan 2019 1:56 pm

Hongkongers should not try to challenge the city's national anthem law when it comes into force in the future, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor warned today

She said the government has a duty to enact legislation to uphold the dignity of the "March of the Volunteers" and it will be "common sense" as to what would constitute "insulting" the anthem.

As long as people respect the anthem, Lam said, they will not need to fear being prosecuted, RTHK reported.

The national anthem bill to be tabled to the Legislative Council next week for scrutiny will make disrespecting the national anthem a criminal offense punishable by a fine of HK$50,000 or three years in prison.

Pro-democracy lawmakers have already vowed to oppose the bill, saying it is far too vague, especially when it comes to defining what behavior the authorities could deem to be an "insult."

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