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Dozens Arrested as Hong Kongers Protest Planned National Security Laws

File picture of individuals in protecting face masks holding placards as they attend a candlelight vigil forward of the 31st anniversary of the crackdown of pro-democracy protests at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, after police rejects a mass annual vigil on public well being grounds, in Hong Kong, China June 3. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong Police stated on Facebook that 53 individuals had been arrested and charged with illegal meeting, including that earlier some protesters tried to blockade roads within the space.

  • Reuters hong kong
  • Last Updated: June 29, 2020, 12:39 AM IST

Hong Kong police arrested no less than 53 individuals on Sunday after scuffles erupted throughout a comparatively peaceable protest in opposition to deliberate nationwide safety laws to be applied by the mainland Chinese authorities.

Armed riot police had been current as a crowd of a number of hundred moved from Jordan to Mong Kok within the Kowloon district, staging what was supposed as a “silent protest” in opposition to the deliberate regulation.

However, chanting and slogans had been shouted in direction of police and later scuffles broke out in Mong Kok, prompting police to make use of pepper spray to subdue components of the group.

Hong Kong Police stated on Facebook that 53 individuals had been arrested and charged with illegal meeting, including that earlier some protesters tried to blockade roads within the space.

The proposed nationwide safety regulation has raised issues amongst Hong Kong democracy activists and a few overseas governments that Beijing is additional eroding the intensive autonomy promised when Britain handed the territory again to China in 1997.

“The governments wants to shut us up and to kick us out,” one protester, Roy Chan, 44, stated. “We must stand up and strike down all those people who deprive Hong Kong people’s freedom.”

Sunday’s occasion got here a day after Hong Kong police refused permission for an annual march normally held on July 1 to mark the 1997 handover, citing a ban on giant gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

China has stated the brand new safety regulation will goal solely a small group of troublemakers because it tackles separatism, subversion, terrorism and overseas interference in Hong Kong.

China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee reviewed a draft of the invoice on Sunday.

Chinese state media reported that lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the draft. The Chinese authorities has “unshakable determination to push ahead with enactment of the security bill and safeguard national sovereignty and interest,” state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing a authorities spokesperson.


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