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Under China anthem cloud, rare interest in Hong Kong vs Bahrain soccer friendly

01:36 EST 8 Nov 2017 | Yahoo News

Under China anthem cloud, rare interest in Hong Kong vs Bahrain soccer friendlyBy James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Some activists in Hong Kong say they plan to defy a Chinese law against disrespecting the national anthem, by jeering it at international soccer fixtures against Bahrain and Lebanon in the next few days. The controversy is another instance of recent tensions in the former British colony between pro-democracy advocates and China's Communist Party leaders, who have been criticized for tightening their grip on Hong Kong's affairs. Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" arrangement that guarantees a high degree of autonomy, including an independent judiciary and the freedom of expression.


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