After the pro-democracy protests in 2019, China is now imposing new national security laws on Hong Kong. Critics say the Chinese govt is moving to exert more control over Hong Kong and would target anybody protesting against China’s communist govt.
Zhang Yesui, the spokesman for the Chinese National People’s Congress, said details would be given after the parliament holds its annual session on Friday.
“In light of the new circumstances and need, the National People’s Congress (NPC) is exercising its constitutional power” to establish a new legal framework and enforcement mechanism to safeguard national security in Hong Kong, Zhang Yesui said to Reuters.
The news has not been well-received in Hong Kong and internationally as well. That speaks the level of anger and the concern about what this law could be used for. It’ll punish things like sedition, secessions and foreign interference and could be used to interfere in Hong Kong’s relatively free media in its free speech.
The Chinese govt. said that it is a very standard security law that will help safeguard the territorial integrity of China.
Opposition lawmaker Dennis Kwok said, “This would effectively be the end of Hong Kong as an international city if this law goes into force.”