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home home might be about to make it illegal to disrespect China's national anthem , that's the hope of pro Beijing will make is in the semi autonomous city they said to introduce a bill proposes jail terms of up to three years to the offense it's a move that has pro democracy Hong Kong as worried my name is structural activists from Hong Kong I'll post to national and from little it's now five years since the city so called umbrella movement protests and is Roy despair muster explains from Hong Kong the anthem will comes as authorities continue their efforts to stamp out anti China sentiment in the city Hong Kong is governed under a one country two systems principle which promises a high degree of autonomy and freedom of speech following the occupy protests in two thousand fourteen doing at football matches became a form of political protest put down the down by young people this is a way to demonstrate against that frustration in Beijing increasing control and went on it's likely the bill will pass the city's legislative counsel in the next few months opposition members don't have enough votes to block even routine bills along with possible prison time offenders may also have to cough up a fine of more than six thousand dollars it would also extend to school children including pupils attending the city schools that teach in English holes in Hong Kong including international schools will not be required to teach the national anthem teaches a worried because they say if they're forced to teach national anthem what could be next how come people fear the betting is increasingly encouraging in the city's culture and economy the national anthem low is seen as one more way I'm one more aspect where the muscling in , over the past year a number of opposition activists have been jailed Hong Kong also refused to extend the visa of a foreign journalist based in the city for the first time Beijing considers calls for Hong Kong's independence a red line and seize the former British colony as part of the Chinese nation