World Controversial laws spark new protests in Hong Kong

11:30  28 may  2020
11:30  28 may  2020 Source:   rp-online.de

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Hong Kong. After the Corona break, Hong Kong's protest movement is back on the streets. The demonstrators are fighting two new laws that Beijing plans to enact in its special administrative region.

 Die Bereitschaftspolizei hält im Hongkonger Central District Wache, um die dort versammelten Demonstranten fernzuhalten. © Frederico Gambarini / dpa The riot police are on guard in the Central District of Hong Kong to keep the demonstrators gathered there.

anger over two planned and highly controversial laws have sparked new protests in Hong Kong. With a large contingent, the police secured streets around the Hong Kong Legislative Council on Wednesday, where the second reading was for a law that would punish the abuse of the Chinese national anthem.

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Around 300 demonstrators, some of whom are said to have carried incendiary devices, were arrested, the police said. Demonstrations with hundreds of participants took place at several locations in the city. The security forces fired pepper ammunition to drive out demonstrators.

After months of a break due to the corona virus, the democracy protests in Hong Kong were sparked again for the first time last week. This was triggered by Beijing's plans for a security law aimed at subversive and separatist activities in Hong Kong.

US President Donald Trump saw the future of the financial center at risk from China's plans on Tuesday. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said in the White House that the president was "upset" about China's actions. It is difficult to see how Hong Kong can remain a financial center if China drives the controversial plans.

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Trump was later asked by journalists about any measures against China. "We're doing something right now, I think you'll find it very interesting," he said. He did not want to talk about it yet, but would comment before the end of the week.

With regard to the planned security law, the Federal Government's Human Rights Commissioner appealed to China to safeguard the rights and freedoms of the people in the special administrative zone. "Respect for democratic debates and respect for rights and freedoms in Hong Kong are endangered by Beijing's actions," said Bärbel Kofler in Berlin. The high degree of autonomy is the basis for social stability and economic prosperity in Hong Kong.

The surprising project of the communist leadership has fueled the atmosphere. The People's Congress, which has been held since Friday, is expected to adopt a decision at the end of its plenary session on Thursday, which will instruct Parliament's Standing Committee to enact a national security law to be annexed to Hong Kong's Basic Law.

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The law, which should be discussed by the Hong Kong parliament at second reading on Wednesday, is about punishing misuse of the Chinese national anthem. The bill, which was presented last year, stipulates that insults or the use of the hymn "March of the Volunteers" for commercial purposes will in future result in up to three years in prison and a fine of 50,000 Hong Kong dollars (around 5,600 euros) can be punished.

Since it was returned to China in 1997, Hong Kong has been governed autonomously as a separate territory based on the "one country, two systems" principle. Since last summer, the metropolis has been experiencing demonstrations every week against the government, brutal police operations and Beijing's long arm. The pandemic had brought the protests to a halt.

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