China passes controversial Hong Kong nat’l safety legislation: experiences

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China’s parliament has handed controversial nationwide safety laws for Hong Kong that Beijing says is important to cope with problems with terrorism, subversion and overseas interference however critics say will outlaw dissent and destroy the autonomy and freedoms promised when the territory was returned to China in 1997. 

The invoice was handed unanimously by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress at a three-day assembly that started on Sunday, in response to media in Hong Kong citing unnamed sources. The draft of the legislation has not been made public.

At her weekly information convention on Tuesday, Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam declined to touch upon the experiences.

The laws will come into impact when it’s gazetted in Hong Kong, and is predicted to be in drive by July 1, the anniversary of the territory’s return to Chinese rule. 

China introduced its plan to impose the laws on the eve of the National People’s Congress final month, after nearly a 12 months of generally violent pro-democracy protests within the territory.

The choice gave renewed momentum to the protests, which had calmed because the coronavirus pandemic prevented mass gatherings. 

‘End of Hong Kong’

Writing on social media, Joshua Wong, a number one pro-democracy campaigner and politician, stated the laws marked “the end of the Hong Kong that the world knew before. From now on, Hong Kong enters a new era of reign of terror. With sweeping powers and ill-defined law the city will turn into a secret police state.” 

Describing himself as a ‘prime goal’, Wong introduced he was resigning as chief of pro-democracy group Demosisto. 

China has stated the laws will cowl acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and interference by overseas powers within the territory’s inner affairs. It can even permit mainland intelligence companies to determine themselves in Hong Kong.

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times, stated on Twitter that the legislation had been handed and its heaviest penalty was life imprisonment.

The South China Morning Post stated the legislation was accepted unanimously by the standing committee’s 162 members, inside 15 minutes of the assembly beginning at 9am (01:00 GMT). Only a handful of Hong Kong’s delegates to China’s parliament noticed the draft earlier than it was handed, the paper added.

Demonstrations are normally held on July 1 and occasions are deliberate this 12 months. Even because it was reported that the laws had been handed, posters for gatherings continued to be shared throughout social media platforms.

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