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Today’s demonstration, the largest in Hong Kong since the Quaid-19 quarantine began, was originally planned against a bill to impose sanctions for insulting the Chinese national anthem, but the new national security bill has prompted more people to take to the streets. .
The new bill envisions the Chinese authorities being able to set up Chinese offices in Hong Kong if necessary to deal with future demonstrations and interference by “foreign forces.” Many in Hong Kong fear that the new legislation will be used against the political opposition, the DPA notes.
Several hundred people dressed in black gathered in the Causeway Bay shopping district for an unsanctioned demonstration to protest Beijing’s plans to impose the controversial national security law on its semi-autonomous region, AFP and the Associated Press reported.
Demonstrators blocked roads and threw umbrellas, water bottles and other items at police. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
The new bill was on the agenda of China’s annual session, which opened in Beijing on Friday. It is expected to be adopted by the Chinese authorities without the consent of Hong Kong lawmakers. Opposition forces in the special administrative region have sharply criticized the initiative, saying it runs counter to the “one country – two systems” principle, TASS reported. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Beijing would not abandon this principle and stressed that the relevant issues relate to China’s domestic policy, in which other countries have no right to interfere.
Chinese legislation on Hong Kong could lead to US sanctions
China’s draft security bill for Hong Kong could lead to US sanctions and threaten the city’s position as a financial hub, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“It seems that with this national security law, they will simply establish control over Hong Kong (…) If that happens, sanctions will be imposed on Hong Kong and China,” O’Brien told NBC television.
U.S. government officials said the new legislation would put an end to Hong Kong’s autonomy and negatively affect the economy of both Hong Kong and China. They argued that such developments would affect Hong Kong’s special status under US law, a status that makes it possible to maintain Hong Kong’s position as a global financial center.
“It’s hard to imagine that Hong Kong will continue to be the Asian financial center it has become if China takes control of it.” Global corporations will have no reason to stay, O’Brien said.
“One of the reasons they come to Hong Kong is because the city has the rule of law, there is a free system of entrepreneurship, a capitalist system, democracy and local parliamentary elections. If all these things disappear, I’m not sure how the financial community will stay in the city. “O’Brien said.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
Several hundred people dressed in black gathered in the Causeway Bay shopping district for an unsanctioned demonstration to protest Beijing’s plans to impose a controversial national security law on its semi-autonomous region, AFP and the Associated Press reported.