Police fire tear gas during protest in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas in a popular shopping district, as hundreds took to the streets on 24 May to march against China’s proposed tough national security laws for the city.

Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong have sharply criticised China’s proposal to enact a national security law that would ban secessionist and subversive activity. The law would also ban foreign interference and terrorism in the semi-autonomous territory.

 

 

One country, two systems

Critics say it goes against the “one country, two systems” framework that promises the city freedoms not found on the mainland.

On Sunday afternoon, crowds of protesters dressed in black gathered in Causeway Bay, a popular shopping district, to protest against the proposed legislation. Protesters chanted slogans “Stand with Hong Kong”, “Liberate Hong Kong” and “Revolution of our times”.

 

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Hong Kong riot police fire tear gas as hundreds of protesters march along a street during a pro-democracy protest against Beijing’s national security legislation (Vincent Yu/AP)

Prominent activitist Tam Tak-chi was arrested during the protests for what police said was an unauthorised assembly. Tam said he was giving a “health talk” and was exempt from social-distancing measures that prohibit gatherings of more than eight people.

The protests come two days after the proposed bill was submitted on Friday 22 May, the opening day of China’s national legislative session. Sunday’s rallies are a continuation of a months-long pro-democracy movement that began in 2019 and has at times descended into violence between police and protesters.

The new law, expected to be passed on 28 May, would bypass the city’s legislature and allow the Hong Kong government to set up mainland agencies in the city. The proposal has sparked fears that it would allow Chinese agents to arbitrarily arrest people for activities deemed to be pro-democracy.

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Protesters set up blockades during a protest against Beijing’s national security legislation in Hong Kong (Kin Cheung/AP)

“Collateral damage”

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong prior to its handover to China in 1997, said in an interview with the Times:

I think the Hong Kong people have been betrayed by China, which has proved once again that you can’t trust it further than you can throw it

Bernard Chan, a top-level Hong Kong politician and delegate to the National People’s Congress in Beijing, defended national security legislation pushed by China. Chan said it was written into Hong Kong’s Basic Law — the city’s mini-constitution — but never enacted.

He expressed concern that Hong Kong will inevitably face economic hardship given trade frictions between the US and China:

I think we are definitely the collateral damage being dragged into this thing. But then, I don’t think there’s any alternatives…

But with or without this law, honestly, the US and China will always going to be continuing this loggerhead for quite some time to come…

China will remain as a threat to the US in terms of the… world economic dominance.

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    1. How two faced the Western world is.
      Scottish Independence – Please don’t go. We love you.
      Catalonian Independence – No way Jose.
      Palestinian Independence – How very dare you. That’s antisemitic.
      Kurdish Independence – Sure we’ll back you. Oh wait, we don’t have need of you anymore. (sticks two fingers up).
      Crimean Independence – NIET!
      Hong Kong Independence – Of course. No problem. Anything to upset Bejing.

    2. Its difficult for English-speakers to know what is going on in Hong Kong because the Western media has an ideological slant that obscures the truth. Many rely on Chris Patten because he’s a friend of John Major and seems a nice chap but Patten was intercepted the day he arrived in HK by the Taiwan-supporting KMT group of Anson Chan, Martin Lee, Cardinal Zen and many others and assumed his love of democracy was duplicated by them.

      For anyone wishing to get beyond Chinese politics, have a look at the barrister Ronny Tong’s article in today’s South China Morning Post – clarity at last, and its free.

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