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Hong Kong police arrest 1st individual below new safety legislation banning independence flags

Hong Kong police arrest 1st person under new security law banning independence flags


A person holding a Hong Kong independence flag turned the primary individual to be detained below a brand new legislation launched by China. As protests over the laws acquire international assist, Beijing mentioned different nations ought to cease interfering.

Hong Kong Police tweeted that the person was arrested for holding the independence flag in Causeway Bay, “violating #NationalSecurityLaw,” and added that it was the primary arrest made because the legislation has come into power.

The nationwide safety legislation got here into impact final evening, after it was launched by China’s authorities in late Could. It has been endorsed by Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam, who mentioned it’s “crucial and well timed” to take care of stability within the semi-autonomous territory, which has seen common protests since March 2019, following the introduction of an extradition invoice, and has since developed into anti-government demonstrations. 

Underneath the brand new guidelines, these discovered responsible of crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with international forces might face life in jail. Protesters and a number of other nations have opposed the invoice, saying it threatens Hong Kong’s standing below the ‘one nation, two techniques’ association with China that has been in place since 1997, when Britain handed over administration to Beijing. 

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Hundreds of protesters attended a rally downtown on Wednesday, the anniversary of Britain’s handover, the place police fired water cannons and pepper spray on the gang. Police additionally mentioned they subsequently arrested dozens of individuals for illegal meeting, violating the safety legislation, obstructing police, and possessing weapons. 

Hong Kong Police tweeted {a photograph} of a giant purple “warning” flag being held up on the protest, which informed demonstrators that they could be in breach of the brand new legislation for chanting slogans.

The protests are closely backed by the West and, following criticism of the brand new legislation by the US, UK, and others, China has urged different nations to remain out of its affairs. International Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian mentioned on Wednesday that Beijing is not going to permit international interference in its home affairs.

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