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Hong Kong passes controversial bill to make disrespecting China's national anthem a crime

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  • Hong Kong passed a controversial bill on Thursday that makes insulting China's national anthem a crime. 
  • The bill states that anyone who insults or commercially misuses China's national anthem — March of the Volunteers — faces fines of up to HK$50,000, or roughly $6,380, or up to three years in prison.
  • The bill was passed on the 31st anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, in which Chinese troops entered Tiananmen Square in Beijing and fired on unarmed pro-democracy protesters, killing hundreds.
  • China has grown increasingly overbearing in its policies towards Hong Kong in recent years, leading to heightened calls for the city to move towards full democracy.
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Hong Kong passed a controversial bill on Thursday that makes insulting China's national anthem a crime.
The bill, first drafted last year, passed with 41 votes in favor and one against, Reuters reported. Mainland China already has similar laws in place. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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