HONG KONG: Hong Kong's legislature passed the national anthem bill on Thursday by an overwhelming majority, outlawing insults against the Chinese anthem "March of the Volunteers".
The Legislative Council voted 41 to one for the legislation after a lawmaker disrupted proceedings by releasing foul-smelling liquid in the chamber, reports the South China Morning Post.
Under the bill, anyone found guilty of misusing or insulting the national anthem could be fined up to HK$50,000 ($6,450) and jailed for three years.
Earlier in the afternoon, pan-democrats Eddie Chu and Raymond Chan rushed out from their seats, and Chu emptied the bottle of brown-coloured liquid, forcing a suspension of the debate.
House Committee chairwoman Starry Lee, who was presiding over the meeting, ordered the pair to leave the chamber, and they were forcibly removed by security guards.
Outside the chamber, Chu said the substance used was a biofertiliser. (IANS)