Dozens arrested as Hong Kongers protest planned national security laws

Dozens arrested as Hong Kongers protest planned national security laws

Dozens arrested as Hong Kongers protest planned national security laws

Pompeo said last week Washington would treat Hong Kong as a Chinese city rather than an autonomous one to the extent that China treated the territory as a Chinese city.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesman stressed that Hong Kong's security was a matter of China's domestic policy exclusively, warning against interference.

"I believe the punishment may not be three years or 10 years in jail", Ip Kwok-him, a Hong Kong delegate to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, which began reviewing a draft of the bill on Sunday, told Apple Daily. "The National Security Law will have a serious long term impact on Hong Kong's autonomy and rule of law, and the way of life as we know it", the group said in a statement on Facebook.

The law gives China the authority to curb secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign interference, something that was observed in pro democracy protests which gripped the city past year, according to the reports.

The Trump administration has announced visa restrictions on current and former Chinese officials who it says "were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong's freedoms", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Friday.

The EU also warned China it would face "very negative consequences" if it pressed ahead with the new bill.

That bill was shelved, but Beijing has made a decision to impose a new security law in the city, claiming Hong Kong protesters were involved in separatism.

Dozens arrested as Hong Kongers protest planned national security laws

Hong Kong enjoys semi-autonomous control in the region due to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which established sovereignty after the British released Hong Kong from imperial rule and handed it over to China in 1997. "One more act does not make much difference".

Beijing appeared to have lost its patience in the face of widespread and often violent anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong a year ago, moving to circumvent the city's own legislative council and enact the law at the national level on what critics said were weak legal grounds.

Tian Feilong, executive director of the Center for Legal Studies in One Country Two Systems at Beihang University in Beijing, said the move clearly illustrates the logic of hegemony in United States diplomacy, as well as its attempt to interfere in another country's domestic affairs. The committee normally gathers once every two months.

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On Monday morning, local district councilor Ben Lam, who was among those arrested, said the police abused their power to arrest him when he was simply live-streaming in Mong Kok.

But in an article published late on June 28 evening, state-run newspaper Global Times, citing unnamed legal experts, stated that the national security law "could apply retrospectively to those cases relevant to anti-extradition bill movement", though there was no reference to any retroactive clauses in the initial draft adopted by NPC in May.

On Sunday afternoon, hundreds of protesters defied another police ban and marched silently in parts of Hong Kong, with some urging bystanders to join the banned rally on July 1.

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