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US News Lead screed hits Hong Kong

21:10  07 july  2020
21:10  07 july  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The police can now search without a warrant. Political organizations, including foreign ones, are closely monitored. Books critical of Beijing must be removed from schools.

It makes pro-democracy activists shudder and cough Western chancelleries. The law on national security, drafted in Beijing and entered into force on June 30 at Hong Kong , is only beginning to be revealed. Tuesday, July 7, the chief executive of the Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, admitted that she had not seen all of the 66 articles, which seriously undermine the civil liberties of the 7.5 million inhabitants, yet guaranteed by the China during the handover of the former British colony in 1997.

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The law, which sanctions secession, subversion, acts of "terrorism" and collusion with foreign forces, is rather moderate, "said, Tuesday July 7, Carrie Lam. After all, Australia also adopted a legislative arsenal on foreign interference two years ago; Singapore and Taiwan have done the same in the past year; without forgetting the United States where the Patriot Act, passed after the attacks of September 11, 2001, sat on a certain number of civil liberties, in the name of the fight against terrorism.

No separation of powers

But the law is the law. And it will be applied vigorously, ”warns Carrie Lam. We got a taste of this with the massive deployment of 4,000 police officers and the arrest of 300 pro-democracy activists on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the handover. In the process, we discovered that the new legislation claimed to apply worldwide to anyone who criticized the Chinese presence in Hong Kong. An affront to all, "said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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The takeover of the territory by China is obvious. Luo Huining, Beijing’s special envoy, is now on the city’s new National Security Bureau. The latter has the power to expedite inquiries, to appoint judges, in flagrant contradiction with the principle of separation of powers and, if he so wishes, to refer cases to the courts of the continent.

A 116-page document released on Monday July 6 said that police can now conduct searches without a warrant, on the presumption of imminent danger to national security. It also has the power to request any information it wants from international organizations about their activities in Hong Kong, including personal data.

Revisionism is already at work. Principals and teachers have been instructed to review teaching materials, including books, and to remove them if they find content that is out of date or that may resemble the four types of offenses defined by law . Without moderation…

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