Tuesday, June 30, 2020

China’s Hong Kong ‘National Security’ Law Takes Effect, Ending Free Speech

HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 08: Protesters hold American flags as they walk through Central district during a march to petition the US Consulate on September 08, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Pro-democracy protesters have continued demonstrations across Hong Kong since 9 June against a controversial bill which allows extraditions …

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping signed a decree on Tuesday enacting a “national security” law that allows the Communist Party to antagonize and prosecute dissidents in Hong Kong, triggering global condemnation and widespread concern among participants in the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.

The city – technically part of a China, but legally autonomous from Beijing – has experienced over a year of ongoing protests against China’s many attempts to undermine the “One Country, Two Systems” policy that allows Hongkongers the right to free speech and free assembly. The protest movement took off in mid-2019 in response to a proposed law in the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) that would have allowed China to extradite anyone present in the city if accused of violating Communist Party laws, which include prison sentences for crimes like “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”

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  1. I'm old enough to remember when we had freedom of assembly in the USA outside of protesting/rioting against our Republic.

  2. Stupid Hong Kong. They believed the Chinese. But they really had no choice. The lease was up. I guess they could have burned it all to the ground and relocated to the UK, but I dont think that was an offer.