Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

Others potentially in the firing line include the thousands of protesters seen at rallies previous year carrying signs advocating Hong Kong independence or booksellers who publish gossipy titles about Chinese political leaders.

It will then be forwarded to the NPC's Standing Committee, China's top legislature, which is expected to finalise and enact the law by the end of June.

On internet threads and chat apps used by the pro-democracy movement, there were calls to resume the protests of a year ago that were largely subdued in recent months because of coronavirus restrictions. He didn't disclose further details.

The US has heavily condemned the move by Beijing, with Donald Trump threatening serious consequences if the legislations is passed. "I don't know what it is because nobody knows yet", he told reporters at the White House about the possible Chinese actions. "If it happens, we'll address that issue very strongly", Trump said. It also provides that rights and freedoms, including those of the person, of the press, of assembly, of association and others, will be ensured by law in Hong Kong, and that the provisions of the two United Nations covenants on human rights (the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) shall remain in force.

Hong Kong is a growing flashpoint for U.S.

The draft bill on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security was submitted to the National People's Congress (NPC) which began its week-long session here. "No country will allow separatist activities and other activities endangering national security on its territory". A minute's silence was also held for victims of the deadly virus.

Earlier this month he said the USA would delay a report assessing whether Hong Kong was sufficiently autonomous from China to warrant Washington's special economic treatment. "It proves that "one country, two systems" has been completely repealed", said Biyanca Chu, 23, a protester, who was among many shocked by the announcement.

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The law will also for the first time allow China's national security organs to formally operate in Hong Kong.

The government supports the NPC's resolution to introduce the new national security law in the city as it "is facing an increasingly severe national security situation, and because legislative bodies in Hong Kong can hardly complete national security legislation on its own for a foreseeable amount of time", she said.

"We are going to see people going back in the streets in Hong Kong, both big demonstrations and smaller demonstrations - which will be met by police with full force - and violence re-erupting in Hong Kong", said Tsang.

They will instead seek to install "national security education" in the city's schools.

Tanya Chan, a pro-democracy member of member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council, countered that the proposal violates the Basic Law. But according to Richardson, Beijing's plan signifies that they're eager to absorb Hong Kong faster than was promised.

Fellow lawmaker and chairman of Hong Kong's Democratic party, Wu Chi-wai, also told NBC News: "The rule of law in Hong Kong is over, because of the implementation of the national security ordinance". For months, hundreds of thousands of Kong Kongers risked their lives and their livelihoods by protesting efforts by the city's pro-Beijing leaders to extend China's direct power over their citizens.

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