China's Controversial Law

Hong Kong police arrested 10 persons using a new “anti-protest” law imposed by Beijing, said CNN.

Meanwhile, there were 360 others detained.

The new national security law targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments up to life in prison, said the report.

On Wednesday, thousands gathered for the annual pro-democracy rally to mark the handover anniversary.

On July 1st, 1997 the British handover Hong Kong back to China after more than a century of foreign rule.

Demonstrators defied a ban by authorities who cited restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people because of COVID-19.

Police used water cannon, tear gas, and pepper spray on demonstrators, said CNN.

About seven officers were injured.

This included one officer who was stabbed in the arm by “rioters holding sharp objects,” police said.

The suspects fled and bystanders offered no help, they added.

Arrested For Possessing A Flag

Among the 10 arrested was a man with a pro-independence flag.

10 ARRESTED USING CHINA’S CONTROVERSIAL LAW

Under the newly enacted law, it is illegal to display flags or banners or chant slogans in support of secession or subversion.  

This “may constitute offenses under the National Security Law for Hong Kong Administrative Region,” said state-run media Global Times.  

The newly enacted law also stipulated that police use new purple flag to warn protesters who display illegal materials.

The purple flag contains a warning written in both English and Chinese.

Global Times reported it is the first time the police used the new flags amid the illegal assembly.

Local And International Condemnation

Local activists said the new law erodes freedoms, said CNN.

But China has dismissed the criticism.

UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, called the measures a “flagrant assault” on freedoms of speech and protest, said the report.

UK has also updated its travel advisory to Hong Kong.

It warned its citizens that there is an “increased risk of detention, and deportation for a non-permanent resident”.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, claimed China had broken its promise to Hong Kong’s people.

But China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, urged countries to look at the situation objectively.

Adding China would not allow foreign interference in its domestic affairs.

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