Hong Kong’s chief has strongly endorsed the brand new safety legislation China’s central authorities is imposing on the semi-autonomous territory in her speech marking the anniversary of its handover from colonial Britain.
“This determination was obligatory and well timed to keep up Hong Kong’s stability,” Carrie Lam stated.
A professional-democracy political social gathering, The League of Social Democrats, organised a protest march in the course of the flag-raising ceremony previous Ms Lam’s speech.
Members chanted slogans echoing calls for from protesters final 12 months for political reform and an investigation into alleged police abuses.
The legislation immediately targets a few of the actions of anti-government protesters final 12 months, which included assaults on authorities places of work and police stations, harm to subway stations, and the shutdown of town’s worldwide airport.
Acts of vandalism in opposition to authorities amenities or public transport will be prosecuted as subversion or terrorism, whereas anybody collaborating in actions deemed as secessionist would even be in violation of the brand new legislation.
The brand new nationwide safety legislation additional blurs the excellence between the authorized programs of semi-autonomous Hong Kong, which maintained facets of British legislation after the 1997 handover, and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Celebration system.
Its passage comes after Hong Kong’s legislature in early June made it unlawful to insult the Chinese language nationwide anthem.
President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order making the legislation take impact after its approval by the Standing Committee of the Nationwide Individuals’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp legislature, and it has been added to the Primary Legislation, Hong Kong’s structure.
Below the legislation, these discovered responsible of inciting secessionist, subversive, terrorist actions and colluding with international forces might face life imprisonment if they’re deemed masterminds of such actions.
Video: Carrie Lam defends new China safety legislation (PA Media)