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China seeks to criminalize 'hurting the feelings' of its people

Scholars slam draft law changes that may put people in jail for undefined actions

Red flags flutter on the top of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2018.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Chinese legal experts have criticized proposed legal changes that could put people in jail for wearing clothes or saying things that offend the Chinese people or government.

China's legislature on Aug. 28 deliberated draft amendments to China's Public Security Administration Law that would ban behavior, clothing and speech that is "detriment to the Chinese national spirit or hurts the feelings of the Chinese people."

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