Disrespecting Nationwide Anthem to Obtain Criminal Penalty

Beijing, Nov. 4 (Xinhua)– China’s leading legislature on Saturday voted and passed a modification to the nation’s criminal law to penalize acts of seriously disrespecting the nationwide anthem.

The change was passed at the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC).

According to the modification, penalties formerly specified for the nationwide flag and nationwide symbol desecration in public now also use major acts of public disrespect to the nationwide anthem.
Penalties consist of deprivation of political rights, criminal detention and jail time of approximately 3 years.

The National Anthem Law embraced at an NPC Standing Committee session in September, entered into force last month to guarantee suitable use of the tune.

Those who maliciously customize the lyrics, or play or sing the national anthem in a distorted or ill-mannered method public, can be apprehended for approximately 15 days, as well as be held criminally accountable, according to the law.

China’s nationwide anthem “March of the Volunteers” has lyrics by poet Tian Han and music by Nie Er.
The tune motivated Chinese soldiers and civilians throughout the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

It was picked as the national anthem in 1949.