Hong Kong police ban major security law protest

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Protesters against Beijing's security law in Hong Kong.

Provisions of the proposed law have yet to be disclosed.

The law is expected to be voted on during a National People's Congress Standing Committee meeting to be held from Sunday to Tuesday. The Chinese government has "unshakable determination to push ahead with enactment of the security bill and safeguard national sovereignty and interest", state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing a government spokesperson.

Beijing appeared to have lost its patience in the face of widespread and often violent anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong previous year, moving to circumvent the city's own legislative council and enact the law at the national level on what critics said were weak legal grounds. They are advocating secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign or external forces.

"American enterprises in Hong Kong will suffer if the act is passed in the end as the sanctions for sure will strike a blow to their business", Tian said.

Some protesters were heard urging people to join a now-banned annual march that was scheduled for the July 1 anniversary of the former British colony's return to Chinese rule.

Police cited in a statement that a march would be in violation of Hong Kong's current ban of groups of more than 50 people gathering which was put in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Critics have said Hong Kong's legal statutes already account for such matters and that Beijing is determined to use the law to pursue political opponents.

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Recently joining the chorus of worldwide critics was Reinhard Bütikofer, a member of the European Parliament. The government kept ignoring our demands and upgraded to implementing the national security law. That's not what it is.

"With the national security law, "#CCP is taking back #HK for a second time since 1997, only that this time round #CCP is no longer bound by the Sino-British Joint Declaration or burdened with promises enshrined in the #BasicLaw", Leong stated in a tweet.

Alan Leong, chairman of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Civic Party, wrote that he agreed with Bütikofer's statement. The police later said 53 people were arrested on suspicion of illegal assembly.

"Beijing continues to undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong by putting pressure on local authorities to arrest pro-democracy activists and disqualify pro-democracy electoral candidates", Pompeo said.

Lam recounted on Facebook that prior to his release, he overheard a conversation between police officers inside the Hung Hom District Police Station where he was detained.

Hong Kong was upended by seven straight months of protests a year ago, initially sparked by an eventually abandoned plan to allow extraditions to the mainland.

Last month, President Trump responded to China's plans by saying he was initiating a process to eliminate special economic treatment that has allowed Hong Kong to remain a global financial centre since its handover by Britain in 1997.

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