HONG KONG (AP) – China’s Standing Committee on Saturday passed amendments to the law criminalizing the deliberate insult of the national flag and emblem after anti-government protesters in Hong Kong desecrated the Chinese flag last year.
According to the recent amendments to the Law on the National Flag and State Emblem, which will take effect on January 1, those who intentionally burn, mutilate, paint, damage or trample the flag and emblem in public will be prosecuted.
The law also stipulates that this national flag may not be thrown away, hung upside down or used in any way that endangers the dignity of the flag.
The revised law will also apply to Hong Kong and Macao offices set up by the central government.
Amendments to the law were proposed after anti-government protesters in Hong Kong trampled on the Chinese flag last year, sparking protests in China. At least three protesters in Hong Kong were convicted of desecrating the Chinese flag last year.