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China Says Hong Kong Security Law A “Sword” Over Lawbreakers’ Heads

Pro-China supporters show Chinese and Hong Kong flags throughout a rally in Hong Kong. (AFP)

Beijing:

The new Hong Kong safety legislation might be a “sword” hanging over the heads of those that endanger nationwide safety, Beijing authorities stated Tuesday, as China President Xi Jinping signed the legislation into impact.

Official information company Xinhua stated China’s prime lawmaking physique voted to undertake the controversial legislation and embody it in Hong Kong’s mini-constitution.

Critics and western governments worry the brand new legislation will stifle freedoms within the semi-autonomous metropolis.

But Beijing and Hong Kong’s authorities have insisted that the legal guidelines will solely goal a minority of individuals and can restore enterprise confidence after a 12 months of pro-democracy protests rocked the town.

“For the small minority who endanger national security, this law will be a sword hanging over their heads,” stated China’s major physique for Hong Kong affairs.

But “for the vast majority of Hong Kong residents and foreigners in Hong Kong, this law is a guardian spirit that protects their freedoms,” the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office stated.

The assertion stated that the central and metropolis governments would “jointly” work collectively to ensure the legislation is carried out, and “usher in a turning point, for chaos to turn into governance.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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