Hong Kong has taken the first steps in criminalizing disrespect of China’s national anthem in what critics say is a bid to stem political criticism.
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Hong Kong lawmakers set to consider bill that would make disrespecting China’s national anthem a crime recommending 3year prison sentence and a $6,373 fine.
China’s press attacks on DC Author and leading Hong Kong democracy activist Benny Tai and the trial of Tai and his allies are clearly part of a Chinese government campaign to squash his calls for democracy in Hong Kong and on the mainland.
After a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed mainland Chinese police had conducted “full surveillance” on reporters working in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong legislature issued draft bill calling for stiff punishment for anyone who “display any behavior that is disrespectful” to Chinese national anthem.
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Benny Tai press statement: “What is on trial is not just the nine of us. What is on trial also is the high degree of autonomy and the rule of law”.
DC author Benny Tai joins other founding leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 democracy protests at trial this Monday, 4 years after the protests came to an end.
Hong Kong authorities must drop charges against nine leaders of the pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” for non-violent protests in 2014.