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Arrested for failure to stand during National Anthem.

testThree weeks after Donald Trump’s election, twelve people were arrested after they remained seated while the national anthem played at a movie theater last week.

The cinemagoers, who were attending an international film festival, were later freed but they face charges of “failure to obey an order issued by a public servant, thereby causing obstruction or annoyance to others”.  Eight other people who did not stand for the anthem were assaulted and abused, police said. The eight were later charged with showing disrespect to the anthem.

The arrests and reports of assault follow last month’s Supreme Court ruling that the national anthem be played before every film and that audiences stand while it is played – and they make it clear that authorities are taking the ruling seriously.


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