Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are primed for demonstrations after the Chinese Communist Party approved its “national security” law on Tuesday morning, a day before the 23rd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from the British Empire.
The legislation, passed unanimously by China’s National People’s Congress, represents the most serious violation of the “One Country, Two Systems” policy China agreed to since the handover of Hong Kong in 1997.
Under the new law, any activities considered as undermining Beijing’s authority are criminalized. Examples of such “crimes” will include “secessionism” or working with foreign countries to advocate against the interests of the Communist Party. The law also bans “terrorism” and “subversion of state power.”
Hongkongers are once again preparing to take to the streets in protest against Beijing’s interference, although the region’s generally pro-China police force has banned the annual July 1 pro-democracy march for the first time since 2003, citing violence