March of the Volunteers was introduced to the public as a film song in 1935 and ratified as the national anthem in 2004. Photo: AFP March of the Volunteers was introduced to the public as a film song in 1935 and ratified as the national anthem in 2004. Photo: AFP
March of the Volunteers was introduced to the public as a film song in 1935 and ratified as the national anthem in 2004. Photo: AFP

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Hong Kong’s national anthem law: when you can ignore the song, and when you have to stand

  • If the song comes on the television at a restaurant, you can keep on eating
  • But singing the tune in a mocking fashion at a big sporting event could land you three years in jail

Topic |   Chinese national anthem
March of the Volunteers was introduced to the public as a film song in 1935 and ratified as the national anthem in 2004. Photo: AFP March of the Volunteers was introduced to the public as a film song in 1935 and ratified as the national anthem in 2004. Photo: AFP
March of the Volunteers was introduced to the public as a film song in 1935 and ratified as the national anthem in 2004. Photo: AFP
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