Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have been gassed by police in first clash since Beijing announced new law to ‘take full control’
- Pro-democracy protesters protested the Beijing bill in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay shopping district
- The bill prohibits secession, foreign interference, treason and terrorism in the semi-autonomous area
- Pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong accused the Communist Party of giving liberties a death sentence
Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have been maligned by the police in the first clash since Beijing announced a new law to “take full control.”
Advocates of democracy in Hong Kong have sharply criticized China’s proposal to introduce a national security law that would ban secessionist and subversive activities and foreign interference and terrorism in the semi-autonomous region.
They say it goes against the “one country, two systems” framework that promises the city’s freedoms not found on the mainland.
Anti-government protesters are marching again Beijing’s plans to impose national security laws in Hong Kong today, where police tear down the demonstration
Pictured: A man walks away from the tear gas with his child and police dispersed crowds in Hong Kong today in the first bill collision
Pictured: Police warns multitudes of protesters to disperse and threatens to avoid their use if not in Causeway Bay today
On Sunday afternoon, black-clad protesters gathered in Causeway Bay, a popular shopping area, to protest the proposed legislation. Protesters chanted slogans ‘Stand with Hong Kong’, ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ and ‘Revolution of our times’.
Activist Tam Tak-chi was arrested during the protests for what the police said was an unauthorized meeting. Tam said he held a “health talk” and was exempt from social distance measures that prohibit gatherings of more than eight people.
The protesters marched between the busy Wan Chai and Causeway Bay districts when the tear gas was fired, following previous police warnings against the meeting.
Pictured: Police in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay shopping area today who have seen clashes over Beijing’s bill
Tear gas is seen in the background as police attempt to disperse protesters during a demonstration against the implementation of a new national security law in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, today
Riot police are pictured covering themselves with shields while tackling protesters in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, today
The Beijing bill is a direct response to the massive protests against the Hong Kong government that started last June and lasted for months. Protesters insisted on five demands, including choosing their own leaders and democratic reforms.
The proposed decision would block secession, foreign interference, terrorism, and any inflammatory activity aimed at toppling the central government and blocking any external interference in the former British colony, the South China Morning Post newspaper said Thursday, citing unnamed sources.
Carrie Lam, CEO of Hong Kong, who is in Beijing for the National People’s Congress, expressed support for the Communist Party’s decision on Friday.
She said inside a statement that “upholding national sovereignty, security and development interests are the constitutional requirements of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”.
Pro-democracy protesters (pictured today in Causeway Bay) say the Beijing bill is a death sentence for their freedoms
Riot police are gathering in a street as protesters take part in a pro-democracy demonstration against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong today. The proposed legislation is expected to ban treason, subversion and sedition, and follows Beijing’s repeated warnings that it will no longer tolerate dissent in Hong Kong
“Xi Jinping has snatched the entire pretense of” one country, two systems, “former Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Lee Cheuk-yan said of China’s leader.
He said at a news conference by opposition parties and activists that the movement shows Beijing is “taking control immediately.”
“They are trying to ban any organization in Hong Kong that dares to speak out against the Communist Party,” he said, describing it as a challenge to global values such as liberty and liberty.
Hong Kong is governed under a special arrangement called ‘One Country, Two Systems’, which was agreed by China and the UK before the city was transferred in 1997 and is intended to provide the city with a level of independence that other cities in China do not have .