China bans flying national flag upside down

China bans flying national flag upside down

  • Amendments to law banning flag desecration will also regulate its use online and require it to be disposed of ‘appropriately’
  • State media says changes are designed to promote use of and educate people about flag

China will amend its law on the national flag to ban people from flying it upside down.

The top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, reviewed draft amendments to the flag law on Saturday, in which “hanging the national flag upside down” is specifically named as a way of “damaging the dignity” of the flag, state news agency Xinhua said.

The amendment also bans “littering” and says flags used in mass events must be disposed of “appropriately”. The use of the flag on the internet will also be regulated.

Previously the law defined desecration as “publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling upon” the flag. Those found guilty of breaking the law could be jailed for up to three years.

Xinhua also said the amendment was designed to increase the use of the flag and promote education about it.