Be careful what you chant for. HK fans could face jail for jeering Chinese anthem

Hing Kong fans turn back

November 6 – Hong Kong residents who jeer the Chinese national anthem might soon face up to three years in prison.

Last week Hong Kong was issued with a warning by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after their fans booed the anthem during a recent AFC Asian Cup qualifying win over Malaysia.

Chinese authorities recently made it an offence in mainland China to disrespect the national anthem and although the new law has not yet been implemented in Hong Kong, this is now imminent according to the BBC.

The Chinese authorities are apparently extending a law on disrespecting the anthem to both Hong Kong and Macau with anti-Beijing sentiment on the rise.

Hong Kong, formerly a British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under an agreement which is supposed to guarantee basic rights for the semi-autonomous territory.

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