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World Hong Kong marks handover anniversary as national security law takes effect

04:41  01 july  2020
04:41  01 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

China passes new national security law aimed at Hong Kong

  China passes new national security law aimed at Hong Kong China's Government has officially approved a new national security law aimed at Hong Kong which will criminalise political acts such as separatism and colluding with foreign forces, Hong Kong media is reporting.Hong Kong Cable TV, citing an unidentified source, said the law was passed unanimously by the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities threw a security blanket across the city early on Wednesday, the 23rd anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to Chinese rule, hours after new national security legislation took effect in the financial hub.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities threw a security blanket across the city early on Wednesday, the 23rd anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, hours after new national security legislation took effect in the financial hub. The contentious law will punish

a couple of people that are standing in the street: Pro-democracy protesters march during a demonstration near a flag raising ceremony on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Pro-democracy protesters march during a demonstration near a flag raising ceremony on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities threw a security blanket across the city early on Wednesday, the 23rd anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, hours after new national security legislation took effect in the financial hub.

a man doing a trick on a skate board: Pro-democracy protesters burn a sign during a demonstration near a flag raising ceremony for the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Pro-democracy protesters burn a sign during a demonstration near a flag raising ceremony for the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China in Hong Kong

The contentious law will punish crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, heralding a more authoritarian era for China's freest city.

Pompeo threatens China with further sanctions for Hong Kong law

 Pompeo threatens China with further sanctions for Hong Kong law © Anthony WALLACE US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened China with further sanctions for the new security law for Hong Kong. The law, which came into force on Tuesday, provides for strong interference with the autonomy rights of the special administrative zone. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened China with further sanctions for the new security law for Hong Kong.

The controversial law will come into effect on July 1, which marks the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong ’s handover to China from British rule. Reports claim that after the law kicks in, China will establish a national security office in Hong Kong , which is going to “handle crimes” against national

A contentious new national security law Beijing unilaterally drafted for Hong Kong has passed through HONG KONG -- In early June, Zhang Xiaoming, one of the top Chinese official in charge of In essence he was calling for a symbolic "Second Handover ." So on the eve of the former British

About a dozen demonstrators rallied to protest against the new law, which critics fear will crush wide-ranging freedoms promised to Hong Kong for 50 years when it returned to Beijing under a "one country, two systems" style of governance.

Authorities barred an annual march due to be held on Wednesday, citing a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in a bid to curb coronavirus, but many activists pledged to defy the order and march later in the afternoon.

The annual rally is traditionally held to air grievances over everything from sky-high home prices to what many see as Beijing's increasing encroachment on the city's freedoms.

"We march every year, every July 1, every October 1 and we will keep on marching," said pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-hung.

Hong Kong security law more draconian than feared, say analysts

  Hong Kong security law more draconian than feared, say analysts China's new national security law for Hong Kong is more draconian than initially feared, legal analysts said Wednesday, as they dissected a document granting Beijing unprecedented jurisdiction in the business hub -- and even beyond its borders. The law was imposed Tuesday, six weeks after it was first announced, in a bid by China to end huge and often violent pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city. It bypassed Hong Kong's legislatureThe law was imposed Tuesday, six weeks after it was first announced, in a bid by China to end huge and often violent pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam issued a statement welcoming the passage of the law saying, "the legislation is an important step to improve the "One Country, Two Systems" institutional system as well as restore stability in Hong Kong society as soon as possible."

China has passed a controversial security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong , deepening fears for the city's freedoms.

On July 1 last year, hundreds of protesters stormed the city's legislature to protest against a now-scrapped bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, trashing the building in a direct challenge to authorities in Beijing.

a group of people wearing costumes: Police search a pro-democracy protester during a demonstration on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Police search a pro-democracy protester during a demonstration on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China in Hong Kong

Those protests evolved into calls for greater democracy, paralysing parts of the city and paving the way for Beijing to directly impose national security law on Hong Kong, a move that has drawn condemnation from some Western governments.

Critics fear the legislation will crush wide-ranging freedoms in Hong Kong denied to people in mainland China that are seen as key to its success as a global financial centre.

Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have repeatedly said the legislation is aimed at a few "troublemakers" and will not affect rights and freedoms, nor investor interests.

a group of people in uniform: Police search a pro-democracy protester during a demonstration on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Police search a pro-democracy protester during a demonstration on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China

(Reporting By Pak Yiu; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Michael Perry)

Beijing converts a Hong Kong hotel into a new national security office .
© Tyrone Siu, Reuters Installation of the storefront of the new national security office in a hotel in Hong Kong, July 8, 2020. China opened Wednesday in A Hong Kong hotel has offices that will allow its security agents to act openly for the first time in the former British colony, under the new national security law imposed last week.

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