'A Grim Fate Awaits Us': Hong Kong Protest Groups Face Communist 'National Security' Law

'A Grim Fate Awaits Us': Hong Kong Protest Groups Face Communist 'National Security' Law


The top membership of the pro-democracy Hong Kong group Demosisto resigned from their positions on Tuesday, triggering the disbanding of the group entirely. A staple in anti-China advocacy in the city for four years, Demosisto’s members expressed reservations at the passing of Beijing’s “national security” law.

The law, which passed in May but was not drafted or enacted until Tuesday, bans “secession,” “foreign interference,” “subversion of state power,” and “terrorism.” Those found guilty face between ten years and life sentences in prison. Opponents say phrases like “subversion of state power” could mean anything, from organizing a protest against a specific policy to defending Hong Kong’s alleged autonomy a bit too vigorously. As American and British flags became staples of the protest movement last year, pro-democracy critics say those images could lead to a “foreign interference” charge.

The law also prescribes punishment for vandalizing public transport and arson, a response to

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