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The move is likely to provoke strong opposition internationally and in Hong Kong, which a year ago saw months of pro-democracy protests.

On Monday, the pro-Beijing camp installed its own committee chair, armed with external legal opinion saying they had the power to end the deadlock.

Delegates, shown here at the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on Thursday, are expected to discuss legislation regarding Hong Kong this week.

The pro-Beijing administration of Hong Kong is assigning top priority to a bill that would criminalize disrespect for the Communist Chinese national anthem, with financial penalties and jail time possible based on highly subjective judgments about the "intent" of those who parody the anthem or quote it for commercial purposes.

Hong Kong people took to the streets previous year, sometimes in their millions, to protest a now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed extraditions of criminal suspects to mainland China.

A pro-democracy lawmaker is taken away by security guards during the scuffle.

China's Hong Kong affairs office warned this month that the city would never be calm unless "black-clad violent protesters" were all removed, describing them as a "political virus" that seeks independence from Beijing.

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"The reality of Hong Kong today is that whenever Beijing, whenever Carrie Lam and the establishment don't like something, they will do whatever it takes, including breaking the system we have, the rules we have", said Kwok Monday.

"We can no longer allow acts like desecrating national flags or defacing of the national emblem in Hong Kong", a source told the Morning Post's website.

Fighting erupted in the House Committee, a body that helps scrutinize bills, with protesting pro-democracy lawmakers dragged from the chamber by security guards and scuffles between rival camps flared up on the chamber floor.

Veteran politicians, a publishing tycoon and senior lawyers were among those arrested last month in the biggest crackdown on the movement's key figures since the protests began. Additional reporting from journalist Isaac Yee in Hong Kong.

Likewise, one of the solutions proposed by the Hong Kong government to quell the past year of protests was to renew efforts to instill young people in Hong Kong with a sense of identification with China through "Patriotic Education."

It is nearly certain to do so, both in Hong Kong and overseas.

Hong Kong on Monday has charged 15 prominent pro-democracy activists for taking part in last year's mass anti-government protests.

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On Sunday, Pompeo said he believed China had threatened to interfere with the work of US journalists in Hong Kong, and warned Beijing that any decision impinging on Hong Kong's autonomy could affect the American assessment.

Chris Patten, Hong Kong's final British governor before the 1997 handover, said the proposal signalled a "comprehensive assault on the city's autonomy".

Our thought bubble: By addressing this law in Beijing, China's leaders are bypassing Hong Kong's legislature and chief executive.

Signed into law in late November, it requires the State Department to certify annually whether Hong Kong is "sufficiently autonomous" to warrant the special USA trading privileges distinguishing it from mainland China.

Media captionWhy were Hong Kong fans booing their anthem?

"Used to say it's the beginning of the end for Hong Kong".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on May 6 he was delaying the release of this report to take into account any actions at the NPC.

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