300 arrested as China’s new “security” law hits Hong Kong

300 arrested in Hong Kong as China’s new “national security” law comes into force

By Ramy Inocencio

Updated on: July 1, 2020 / 12:45 PM
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China’s controversial new national security law — tailor-made to bring Hong Kong’s massive pro-democracy movement to heel — came into full effect overnight, and by Wednesday evening police had arrested more than 300 protesters.  
Today, the world watches as Beijing’s National Security Law goes into effect, challenging Hong Kong’s autonomy.The House Foreign Affairs Committee stands against the Chinese government’s termination of the “one country, two systems” arrangement, and w/ our friends in #HongKong. 🇭🇰 #NSL pic.twitter.com/tCFTI0L8ok— Ramy Inocencio 英若明 (@RamyInocencio) July 1, 2020

In contrast to protests on the street, there was a celebratory mood at the leadership level. Riot police detain a man as they raise a warning flag during a demonstration against the new national security law on July 1, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Changing China

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China’s dog meat festival is underway. Some of the nine were arrested for possessing items calling for the independence of Hong Kong, in contravention of the new “national security” law, which criminalizes attempts to split Hong Kong from China, overthrow the city’s government, commit acts of terror or collude with foreign powers.Critics say the law is worded so broadly that it will allow Beijing to use it to quash freedoms of speech and assembly, political dissent and the independent judiciary — all of which have been protected or allowed in Hong Kong for decades, unlike in mainland China. Activists hope it’s the last. On Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Reuters the new law, “constitutes a clear violation of the autonomy of Hong Kong, and a direct threat to the freedoms of its people… therefore I’m afraid to say it is a clear and serious violation of the Joint Declaration treaty between the United Kingdom and China.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the U.K. Nine people were arrested specifically for violating the new legislation, which was imposed directly by Beijing and the Communist Party on the semi-autonomous region. This year, police banned the march, citing public safety because of the coronavirus. How U.S. 🟪 The @hkpoliceforce confirms this is the new flag police will display if they see/hear people violating China’s newly imposed National Security Law. But the atmosphere was tinged with a new sense of sadness, and fear, with the new law in force.Police warned gathering crowds to disperse before pepper spraying and arresting people, including some former pro-democracy legislators. pic.twitter.com/9b7lrYMtSc— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) July 1, 2020

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Despite the threat of prison terms ranging from three years to life, thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators and anti-China activists hit Hong Kong’s streets in anger and defiance on Wednesday. and China tensions define our world

Hong Kong’s autonomy was guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” agreement enshrined in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, signed by then Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Wednesday is the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China following 99 years of British colonial rule. For Hong Kong’s top leaders, the day began with a traditional raising ceremony of both the Chinese and Hong Kong flags, along with a helicopter flyby and a fireboat salute.The United Kingdom said China’s new national security law was a “clear and serious” violation of the Joint Declaration the two powers signed before the former British colony reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. Anthony Kwan/Getty

Law professors note that the legislation does not stop at Hong Kong’s border, but applies to every person on the planet — even if they are not Hong Kong citizens. One expert said anyone deemed to have violated the law could be subject to arrest if they set foot in the southern Chinese region. Joins yellow, blue, red flags we’ve seen many times. As during the protests of 2019, authorities again deployed water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets. NEW: Purple – the new warning color in #HongKong. China predicts “cliff-like drop” in Beijing’s 2nd-wave COVID outbreak

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Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointed Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the new law would “restore prosperity” to the global financial hub, which has been rocked by both peaceful and violent protests since last year, pulling the territory into a deep recession. @CBSNews is here. Dalai Lama weighs in on Beijing’s crack down on Hong Kong’s protests

The main goal of the police was to stop a planned illegal march — one that had been held legally every July 1 for the past few decades — that protests China’s Communist Party. House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee posted a message on Twitter, saying it, “stands against the Chinese government’s termination of the “one country, two systems” arrangement, and w/ our friends in #HongKong.”  Many critics agree that the “one country, two systems” policy is now dead, replaced unilaterally by China with an unofficial, “one country, one system.”
First published on July 1, 2020 / 8:46 AM would soon open a path to citizenship for up to 3 million Hong Kong citizens, who are still classified as British Nationals Overseas.