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Protests in Hong Kong with new ''Hong Kong Security Law'' in China

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China has passed a controversial security law by giving more freedom to China over Hong Kong, the city in fear of losing its freedoms with the new law.

The move follows increasing unrest and a widening pro democracy movement. It is set to criminalize session, subversion and collusion with foreign forces.

China has not yet officially confirmed the new law has been passed and no draft was made public beforehand.

The new law has made harsh international condemnation and sharp demonstrations in Hong Kong since it was announced by Beijing in May.

Hong Kong was handover back to China from British control in 1097, but under a special agreement that guaranteed certain rights for 50 years.

The people of Hong Kong have civil liberties such as free speech, the right to protest and an entirely independent and robust judiciary, as permitted in its mini- constitution, Basic Law, when it was returned to China.

For many, the law undermines the freedom that set Hong Kong apart from the rest of China and helped define its character.

Beijing is to set up a new office in Hong Kong and would deal with national security cases. Such that, overseeing education about national security in Hong Kong schools.

Hong Kong’s chief executive will have the power to appoint judges to hear national security cases, so this move has raised fears about judicial independence.

Hong Kong’s new security law is an open ended tool to suppress political agitation.

Veteran activists have already said they will march on Wednesday, despite the risk of arrest under the new law. 

Democratic Party leader Will Chi- wai said he would defy a police ban on Wednesday’s handover day march.

He will be joined by Figo Chan, of the Civil Human Rights Front, who urged people to take to the streets, saying : “ We are aware of risks of being prosecuted. But we insist on taking the lead, as we want to tell Hongkongers not to fear.”

Opponents of the law say it marks the end of the “one country, two systems”- a principle by which Hong Kong has retained limited democracy and civil liberties since coming under Chinese control.

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