Hong Kong moves to criminalize ‘insulting’ China’s national anthem

Hong Kong (CNN)The trumpet sounds, clear and exultant, and is greeted by a crescendo of boos. Schoolchildren, including those at international schools, would also be legally required to learn the anthem, which opens with the line, “Arise, we who refuse to be slaves!” New law The national anthem law was introduced in mainland China in 2017, amid widespread outrage north of the border at the disrespect shown by some Hongkongers — mainly a tiny subset of football fans — for the song. Following its passage, China’s legislature known as the National People’s Congress added the law to Annex III of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s de facto constitution. That meant the city’s government was legally required to introduce equivalent legislation, …