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The new Hong Kong: Disappearing books, illegal words and arrests over blank white paper
Less than two weeks under a new national security law enacted by Beijing, Hong Kong residents already feel a curtain of control falling over the city's realms of speech and thought.The police arrived in full riot gear, waving a flag that read: “You are in breach of the law.” They arrested eight people, searched others and dispersed the rest.
GB-CHINA-DIPLOMACY: London is preparing to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong on Monday, according to several newspapers, marking a further escalation in tensions with China after the establishment of a national security law imposed by Beijing in the former British colony.
According to the Times and the Daily Telegraph, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab - who on Sunday accused China of "serious" human rights violations - will announce the freezing of this treaty in parliament at the start of 'afternoon.
600,000 people in Hong Kong turned out to vote in primaries for pro-democracy parties. Now China says they could have all broken the draconian new security law.
The Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong said the primary election for pro-democracy candidates, held on Sunday, was "nakedly illegal behavior."Votes were taken at 250 polling stations to chose the best candidates to challenge pro-China parties in the city's Legislative Council election, which is due to start on September 6.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to comment on this information.
Britain considers that the new national security law imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong violates the freedoms guaranteed in the special administrative region - including the independence of the judiciary - which allowed the former British colony to become one of the most important financial poles since its handover to China in 1997.
The authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing are defending this legislation which they consider essential to close the loopholes in national security revealed by recent protest movements. -democracy and anti-Chinese, and China has repeatedly called on the great Western powers to stop their "interference" in this matter.
(Andy Bruce and William James in London, with Aakriti Bhala in Bengalore; French version Myriam Rivet, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)
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