HONG KONG (AP) – The Standing Committee of the Chinese Congress has passed amendments to a law that would criminalize the deliberate insult to the national flag and emblem after anti-government protesters in Hong Kong desecrated the Chinese flag last year.
Under the newly amended National Flag and National Emblem Act, which will take effect on January 1st, those who intentionally burn, mutilate, paint, distort or publicly trample the flag and emblem will be prosecuted.
The law also states that the national flag must not be thrown away, displayed upside down or used in a way that infringes on the dignity of the flag.
The revised law will also apply to offices in Hong Kong and Macao set up by the central government.
The changes to the law were proposed after anti-government protesters in Hong Kong trampled on the Chinese flag last year, sparking a protest in China. At least three protesters in Hong Kong were convicted of desecrating the Chinese flag last year.