HONG KONG (AP) – The Standing Committee of the Chinese congress on Saturday passed amendments to a law criminalizing the deliberate insult of the national flag and emblem, after being defamed by protesters against the Hong Kong government last year the flag of China.
According to the new amendment to the National Flag and National Emblem Law, which takes effect on January 1, those who intentionally burn, bite, paint, blaspheme or tread on the flag and public emblems will be examined for criminal responsibility.
The law also states that the national flag should not be discarded, displayed upside down or used in any way that is detrimental to the dignity of the flag.
The amended law also applies to offices in Hong Kong and Macao established by the central government.
The amendments to the law were proposed after protesters trampled on the Hong Kong government last year on the Chinese flag, which prompted a shout out to China. At least three protesters in Hong Kong were convicted of defamation of the Chinese flag last year.