Reports: China passes national security law for Hong Kong

Reports: China passes national security law for Hong Kong

Hong Kong media state China has approved a contentious security law that would allow authorities to punish subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong

By

ZEN SOO Associated Press

June 30, 2020, 3: 40 AM

1 min read

HONG KONG–
Hong Kong media are reporting that China has actually approved a contentious law that would enable authorities to punish subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, sparking fears that it would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory.

The South China Early morning Post paper and public broadcaster RTHK, both mentioning unnamed sources, said that the Standing Committee of the National Individuals’s Congress voted all to authorize a nationwide security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday.

There was no main confirmation from the central government in Beijing or Hong Kong authorities.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam declined to discuss the national security law at a weekly meeting with reporters, stating it was “unsuitable” for her to do so while the Standing Committee conference was still in progress.

The legislation is targeted at curbing subversive, secessionist and terrorist activities, in addition to foreign intervention in the city’s affairs. It follows months of anti-government demonstrations that at times came down into violence in Hong Kong last year.

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