Disrespect for National Anthem now a Crime in China

It is now a crime to disrespect the National Anthem of China as the country’s parliament has made recently passed a law listing ‘disrespect of the Chinese National Anthem’ as a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in jail.

This new law which was approved on Saturday by the members of China’s Communist Party-controlled legislature has also been extended to the semi-autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau thereby making analysts and observers regard this new law as plot by the Chinese Government to crackdown on dissent and perceived anti-national activities in China.

According to Aljazeera, Pro-democracy activists fear the law could be used to further undermine freedom of speech in Hong Kong and Macau. This is even clearly seen when the recent appointment of Xi Jingping’s to a second five-year term as leader of Chinese Communist Party is taken into consideration, especially as he was quoted as saying that he wish to achieve a “Chinese Dream” of a powerful and prosperous nation.