Sweeping national security law imposed as Hong Kong marks handover anniversary

Sweeping national security law imposed as Hong Kong marks handover anniversary
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The law came into effect in Hong Kong in the lead-up to July 1 — the 23rd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British rule to China — and dramatically broadens the powers of both local and mainland authorities to investigate, prosecute and punish dissenters.

Speaking after the annual flag raising ceremony on Wednesday, Hong Kong’s top official, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, said the law is a “crucial step to ending chaos and violence that has occurred over the past few months” in the city.

“The national security law is the most important development in securing ties between China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region since the handover,” she said, framing criticism of the law as “vicious attacks.”

The stringent new legislation and its 66 articles were kept secret from…



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