14 Nov '17, 1pm

Hong Kong football fans defy Beijing by booing Chinese national anthem

HONG KONG: Hundreds of Hong Kong football fans booed and jeered the Chinese national anthem at an Asia Cup qualifier match on Tuesday in defiance of Communist Party rulers in Beijing, while others turned their backs. The booing of the anthem, "The March of the Volunteers", has become a fixture at Hong Kong football matches, with some parallels to protests in the United States where American football players have knelt during the national anthem, an act denounced by U.S. President Donald Trump. Now the former British colony is preparing to enact a law that will penalise people who boo the anthem, a measure that critics say undermines the city's autonomy and freedoms guaranteed when it returned to China 20 years ago. Details of the law, including jail terms and the scope of enforcement, have yet to be set. China extended the law to cover Hong Kong earlier this month. Chinese...

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