International schools should also learn the National Anthem
The content of the draft local legislation of the National Anthem Law was first exposed on the 9th, published in the Constitution on the 11th, and submitted to the Legislative Council for the first and second reading on the 23rd. The draft has two main points. First, it specifies that the national anthem is the symbol and symbol of the country. Through the guiding provisions, citizens can respect the national anthem and clearly stipulate the occasions where the National Anthem must be sung. In addition to the flag-raising ceremony in Golden Bauhinia Square, the National Day and the return flag-raising ceremony and the reception, the ceremony to commemorate the victory of the War of Resistance and the victims, and major sports events, it also includes the Chief Executive, accountable officials and members of the Executive Council. The swearing-in ceremony of judges and members of the Legislative Council stipulates that etiquette should be solemn and dignified, and that all acts of respecting the National Anthem are respected.
Before the swearing-in ceremony, the National Anthem should be played. The picture shows Lin Zheng-yue-e swearing-in as Chief Executive. (Image: Xinhua News Agency)
The second key point is to make penalties for some public and deliberate insults to the national anthem. Hong Kong Ming Pao noted on October 10 that Article 7 of the draft National Anthem Law explains what insults the national anthem and defines insulting as impairing the dignity of the national anthem as a symbol and symbol of the Peoples Republic of China. The draft lists four offences of insulting the national anthem, including any person who intends to insult the National Anthem by publicly and intentionally tampering with the lyrics or the score of the national anthem, or singing the National Anthem in a distorted or derogatory way; any person who openly and intentionally insults the National Anthem in any way is guilty of an offence. Upon conviction, a maximum fine of HK$50,000 and three yearsimprisonment are imposed. In addition, the national anthem, lyrics or music scores shall not be used for commercial advertisements, private funerals, or background music in public places, and such violations shall be punished with fines and without imprisonment. Nie Dequan, director of the Bureau of Political System and Mainland Affairs, said Wednesday that after listening to singer Li Keqins FansAdventures and Dawns All-Day Love, he would not immediately say that the two songs are all right, because first of all, he should know whether there is any intention to insult the national anthem and damage the dignity of the country. According to his personal assessment, although there are similar lyrics or tunes to the National Anthem in these two songs, he does not consider them illegal because they are independently created, not completely adapted, nor are they intended to insult the national anthem.
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It is noteworthy that the National Anthem Bill stipulates that the Director of Education must give instructions on the incorporation of the National Anthem into primary and secondary education so that students can learn to sing the national anthem and educate students about its history, spirit and etiquette, including international schools and special schools. Nie Dequan said that students everywhere must understand the local culture and history, and respect the symbols and symbols of the country, so it is natural and easy for foreign students to learn the national anthem. Ming Pao searched the curriculum guidelines and textbooks of primary and secondary schools, and found that both primary and secondary schools would teach students to understand the lyrics of national anthem, the reasons for playing the national anthem, the meaning, the origin, the names of the lyricists and composers, etc.
Do not be a member of parliament if you want to play
The draft also recommends that the period of prosecution for the above-mentioned crimes be extended from six months in general to one year after the Chief Police Officer discovers or knows the crime or two years after the crime has occurred. Nie Dequan explained that because the police anticipate that cases of violation of relevant laws may involve a large number of people or online behavior, the investigation and search time is longer.
Some opposition expressed concern. Hong Kong 01 reported that the CitizensParty openly opposed the draft and questioned the extension of the prosecution period, which is different from the Flag and Emblem Ordinance, just to facilitate the authorities to settle accounts after autumn. Huang Biyun, a member of the Democratic Party, claimed that if a member did not attend the swearing-in ceremony to sing the National Anthem or did not follow it, it might be considered an insult to the national anthem and eventually be disqualified as a member of Parliament. On the 10th, the Pan-People launched a joint agency to request the government to conduct more than six months of detailed public consultation on the legislation of the National Anthem Law.
In response, Lin Jianfeng, Vice President of the Federation of Peoples Republic of China, said that the national anthem, flag and emblem are symbols of national sovereignty, status and dignity. Some people made a fuss about singing the national anthem when they took the oath of the Legislative Council members, claiming that they were afraid of being subjected to political oppression, which shows that they have ghosts in their hearts and are unwilling to recognize Hong Kong as an inseparable part of China and their Chinese identity. Li Huiqiong, chairman of the Federation for Civil Construction, also said that only deliberately insulting the national anthem is illegal. If members of Parliament sincerely support the Basic Law and loyalty to the HKSAR, they do not need to worry about the invalidity of the oath. If anyone has ghosts in his heart and is afraid of being disqualified by DQ, he should first reflect on them. Tang Jiahua, an executive council member who is a senior barrister himself, believes that criminal offences generally have no prosecution deadline and can be prosecuted at any time. The two-year time limit stipulated in the National Anthem Law is a relaxed practice. Hong Kongs Star Island Daily said on October 10 that the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Executive, principal officials, Executive Council and judicial officers will now play the national anthem to embody the principle of one country. As an important part of the structure of Hong Kongs governing system, the Legislative Council has made the same demands on the swearing-in ceremony of the members of the legislature, which is reasonable. Pan-citizensworries are reversed. They should not be absent from this link unless they agree that Hong Kong independence or Hong Kong belongs to other countries. The article said that parliamentarians should not play with the national anthem, flag and emblem, which symbolize the country, if they want to play, they should not be parliamentarians.
Fans were fined HK$120,000 for booing the National Anthem
Hong Kong fans booed the National Anthem during the 2015 World Cup periphery, and then more than once Hong Kong fans booed when the national anthem was played. On the 9th, the Hong Kong Stadium held the Provincial-Hong Kong Cup competition. The Hong Kong team played against the Guangdong team. No national anthem was played. Public opinion in Hong Kong generally believes that local legislation of the National Anthem Act is more necessary because some people insult the national anthem.
In response to the provisions of the National Anthem Bill, Hong Kong fans have threatened to boo the National Anthem in the future, but will wear masks to prevent recognition. There are also fans who believe that playing the national anthem is not an appropriate occasion for expressing opinions. Legislation is intimidating, but they feel that the penalty is too heavy. Football Association Vice President Bei Junqi believes that the enforcement of the National Anthem Law will be difficult, but there are laws to follow after the legislation, I believe fans will be more disciplined. He said that the FA had been fined 15,000 Swiss francs (HK$120,000) for booing the National Anthem many times in the World Cup and Asian Cup peripheries, which also affected the international football communitys perception of Hong Kong.
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