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

04:05  01 july  2020
04:05  01 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Hong Kongers march in silent protest against national security laws

  Hong Kongers march in silent protest against national security laws Hong Kongers march in silent protest against national security lawsRiot police armed with shields were present as the crowd moved from Jordan to Mong Kok in the Kowloon district, as part of a 'silent protest', in which they marched but the usual chanting or slogan shouting was mainly absent.

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

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 close up of a flag: Buildings are seen above Hong Kong and Chinese flags, as pro-China supporters celebration after China's parliament passes national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Buildings are seen above Hong Kong and Chinese flags, as pro-China supporters celebration after China's parliament passes national security law for Hong Kong, 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.

Hong Kong: Suspects arrested by Chinese agents possibly tried in China

 Hong Kong: Suspects arrested by Chinese agents possibly tried in China HONG-KONG-EVENTS-CHINA: Hong Kong: Suspects arrested by Chinese agents possibly tried in China © Reuters / THOMAS PETER HONG KONG: SUSPECTS ARRESTED BY CHINESE OFFICERS POSSIBLY JUDGED IN CHINA BEIJING / HONG KONG (Reuters) - Suspects arrested by Beijing's newly-established security office in Hong Kong could be tried in mainland China, a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday, which should feed concerns when a decried security law came into force in the territory.

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

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

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.

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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.

UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers

  UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Wednesday that it was extending residency rights to up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport, stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to a former British colony after Beijing imposed a sweeping new national security law in Hong Kong. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told lawmakers that Britain was changing its immigration rules to allow BNO passport holders a special route to citizenship. Eligible individuals from Hong Kong will have the right to live and work in the U.K. for five years without the current six-month limit.

Hong Kong 's sweeping new security law is a frighteningly open-ended tool to suppress political agitation. Like similar laws on the Chinese mainland But he is playing a long game. Sure, handover promises to the UK were made but he was not going to let some Western attachment to liberty trump

China has imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong , a historic move The law will take effect on 30 June, one day before the 23rd anniversary of London's handing back of "It marks the end of Hong Kong that the world knew before," prominent democracy campaigner Joshua Wong

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

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.

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.

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

Facebook suspends government requests to access user data in Hong Kong .
Facebook has suspended government requests to access user data in Hong Kong following the enactment of a contentious new national security law. "We are pausing the review of government requests for user data from Hong Kong pending further assessment of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts,” a Facebook company spokesperson said in a statement.

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