Hong Kong readies for a protest after China’s controversial plan to directly impose national security law

Hong Kong anti-government demonstrators are ready to start to protest against the Chinese Govt for imposing a new national security law. This step has been taken by govt to end the situation like pro-democracy protests took place last year around Hong Kong and the city has to go through turmoil. This law will strengthen Chinese control over Hong Kong and as a result city’s autonomy will be ended.

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The law will be passed on Friday by the Chinese parliament in its annual session which was delayed due to coronavirus pandemic. Chinese Parliament said it was “exercising the power (of) the constitution to establish and improve at the state level a legal framework and an enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong.”

State-owned agency Xinhua told that China has been ‘firmly implementing the principles of ‘one country, two systems,’ ‘the people of Hong Kong governing Hong Kong,’ and a high degree of autonomy” since the return of the city to Beijing.

Xinhua added, “The practice of ‘one country, two systems has achieved unprecedented success in Hong Kong.” However, “the increasingly notable national security risks” in Hong Kong have become a “prominent problem” and “activities that have seriously challenged the bottom line of the ‘one country, two systems’ principle, harmed the rule of law and threatened national sovereignty, security and development interests.”

Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam said, “legislation on national security is undoubtedly within the purview” of Beijing. She said that the law will not amend Hong Kong’s Basic Law or repeal an article in it that stipulates that Hong Kong has constitutional responsibilities and legal obligation to enact laws on its own to stop acts that endanger national security.

She further added that new law aims at secession, subverting state power and organizing and carrying out terrorist activities, interference by foreign or external forces as well.

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