China passes sweeping Hong Kong national security law: report
Beijing’s main legislative body, the National People’s Congress (NPC), unanimously passed the law on Tuesday morning local time, bypassing the Hong Kong legislature, through a rarely used constitutional backdoor, Hong public broadcaster said. Kong RTHK, citing anonymous sources.

The Chinese public news agency Xinhua previously reported that the law would criminalize crimes such as secession, subversion against the Chinese central government, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

A bill had not been made public before it was passed, which means that the majority of the people of Hong Kong have not seen the details of a law that will now govern their lives.

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The adoption of the law has not been officially confirmed and the details remain unclear. But the RTHK reports that the maximum possible penalty for offenses under the law will be “much higher” than 10 years’ imprisonment.

Hong Kong general manager Carrie Lam declined to comment on the progress of the bill at her weekly press conference Tuesday morning, saying it would be “inappropriate” to answer questions while the meeting APN is still in progress.

The legislation has been widely criticized by opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong, human rights groups and politicians around the world, many claiming that the law will cement Beijing’s direct control over the semi-city. autonomous. Many fear that the law could be used to target political dissidents, a fear that stems from China’s criminal record.

The law was passed a day before July 1, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British colonial rule to China in 1997. It has become an annual day of protests in the city, but for the first time times since the handover, police have not allowed protesters to hold peaceful protests.

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