Hong Kong national security law triggers angry reactions against China

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2020

It called for a new law in Hong Kong to prevent and punish acts of "secession, subversion or terrorism activities".

Hong Kong democracy activists say the national security legislation is evidence of Beijing's encroachment on freedoms guaranteed to Hong Kong under its "one country, two systems" style of governance. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged China to reconsider the "disastrous proposal", saying it would "be a death knell for the high degree of autonomy Beijing promised for Hong Kong".

Now, China has chose to ignore critics such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who indicated Friday that the "disastrous proposal" could lead the U.S.to reconsider the city's special trade status.

Pro-Beijing politician Maria Tam, who advises China's parliament on her city's constitution, told AFP that investigations "could be joint efforts" between mainland and Hong Kong authorities once the law is passed.

"We don't want to die, we want Hong Kong to survive as a free city, and I hope anyone who died for the protests in the past year will have justice". The former British colony was returned to China under a "one country, two systems" framework that gives it greater freedoms.

Australia has banded with the United Kingdom and Canada in describing China's plan to impose a strict national security law on Hong Kong as deeply concerning and undermining the city's autonomy. All could potentially become law without a local vote. "I think Hong Kong is halfway dead".

Beijing may also fear September's elections to Hong Kong's legislature.

"It's really sad to see Hong Kong has turned out like this, every day I read the news, I saw the people being beaten by the police, I cry every day", Lau said.

In recent decades, the Hong Kong authorities took the stance that the responsibility of legislating a national security law should be fulfilled by the local government, instead of the central government. China's foreign ministry added that Hong Kong is China's internal issue and "no foreign country has the right to intervene".

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a press conference after attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 21, 2020, in Hong Kong, China. Moreover, Beijing gained global prestige by tolerating a raucous democracy under its authority, an arrangement that party leaders hoped would also appeal to self-ruled Taiwan across the South China Sea.

The April 14 statement from the Hong Kong & Macau Affairs Office accusing Kwok of violating his oath and other "sleazy tactics" was just one of a series of steps toward a more interventionist approach by Beijing. The fear of the security force is well founded after the outrageous incident in 2015 in which special agents from China were accused of abducting several Hong Kong booksellers from Hong Kong and Thailand to mainland China, where they were forced to make a confession video and threatened not to reveal the truth about their abductions. Protesters chanted slogans "Stand with Hong Kong, ' 'Liberate Hong Kong" and 'Revolution of our times'.

Eight protestors from one more team, League of Social Democrats, got here to show ahead of the workplace mins later on.

Since June more than 8,000 people, including children, have been arrested over involvement in protests. It said the proposed legislation threatens Hong Kong's civil liberties and risks the city's position as an worldwide financial center. This time, Beijing is making its intentions clear: Should Hong Kong, stuck in a political stalemate, fail to pass the laws backed by leaders in Beijing, then the People's Congress will use its absolute power to pass national laws that apply exclusively to Hong Kong.

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