Hong Kong legislature starts voting on controversial China national anthem bill

The Chinese and Hong Kong flags flutter at the office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, ahead of a news conference held by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in Beijing, China June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s Legislative Council started voting on a controversial national anthem bill on Thursday that would make disrespecting China’s national anthem a criminal offence.

The voting comes just as people in Hong Kong are set to commemorate the bloody 1989 crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square by lighting candles across the city.

(This story corrects headline and 1st paragraph to say bill has not passed, voting is under way on amendments)

Reporting By Clare Jim; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Kim Coghill

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