HK legislature passes national anthem bill

Added On June 5, 2020

The bill was passed on Thursday with the support of 41 lawmakers and one voting against. The legislative meeting starting in the morning was once suspended for hours because of the obstruction of opposition lawmakers. Given the chaos, LegCo President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen put the bill to a vote shortly after the meeting resumed in the afternoon. During a press briefing after the meeting, Leung said the disruptive acts were extremely irresponsible, and strongly condemned the lawmakers involved. HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed support for Leung's decisive action in her post on social media on Thursday night. She said Hong Kong can not tolerate intensifying violence, rising national security risks and continued social unrest, noting that the decision of the national legislature to make national security laws for Hong Kong responded to the public appeal for stability. China's National Anthem Law came into force in the mainland in 2017, and then the Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress adopted the decision to add the law to the HKSAR Basic Law. The national anthem law will take effect in Hong Kong on June 12.