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Hogcog: Hogcog Police on Wednesday put a sign around the Financial Hub’s legislature, fired round pepper and arrested hundreds, as if they had sealed a protest against a bill banning China’s insults National anthem.
The latest unrest comes after the days when China announced separate plans to impose comprehensive national security legislation on Hong Kong following last year’s huge and often violent democracy rallies.
This step has inspired the US President Donald Trump To warn that Hong Kong could lose its status as a global financial center if city independence and barbaric judicial independence were swept aside.
Wednesday’s protests were sparked by a debate on a new law that would criminalize the offending of the national anthem for up to three years in prison, with the latest measure activists saying is eroding independence in the city.
Police surrounded the city’s legislature with waterlogged blockades and carried out extensive stop-and-search operations in a bid to prevent mass gatherings.
Small flashmob rallies in the districts of Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Central, with the latter firing a crowd-control round, filled with pepper-based irritant.
Police said more than 300 people were arrested, mostly on suspicion of having an unlawful assembly. The live image showed several teenagers taken into custody.
Small clashes continued in the evening in Mong Kok, a district that has held frequent protests last year, with police making more arrests.
The pro-democracy advocate told AFP, “It’s really curfew now.” “I think the government has to understand why people are really angry.”
“You can see there’s police in every corner, it’s like Martial law In force, “added a woman, who gave him her surname Bean after research.
In a statement the police said they “respect the right of residents to express their views in a peaceful manner, but this must be legally met”, adding to the streets, stopping the crowd.
Public gatherings of more than eight people are currently banned under emergency anti-coronavirus measures, although the city has stopped its outbreak.
Requests by civil society groups to hold protests have been denied by the authorities for months citing the epidemic and last year’s unrest.
The model agreed before returning from the city under the “one country, two system” Britain To China, Hong Kong should be guaranteed some freedoms by 2047 that are denied to those on the mainland.
The deal fueled the city’s growth as a world-class financial center and gave Chinese companies an important channel to raise capital.
But political unrest has swept through the city in recent years, with some of Beijing’s communist rulers set to end.
The legislature was blocked during last year’s protests and subsequently crushed by protesters as officials eventually overturned a bill allowing extradition to the mainland.
Police said officers uncovered some Molotov cocktails as well as other “illegal” items such as gas masks, hammers and pliers during a stop-and-search operation on Wednesday.
Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing government has vowed to pass the national anthem law as soon as possible.
“As Hong Kong, we have a moral responsibility to honor the national anthem,” Hong Kong’s de facto deputy leader Matthew Cheung told reporters before the debate began.
Beijing has been encouraged by Hong Kong – especially football fans – for the national anthem to signal dissatisfaction with China.
The city’s pro-democracy opposition says the bill is a new attempt to criminalize dissent.
A fight has erupted between rival lawmakers over the law.
Pro-democracy politicians are prevented from having a majority in the legislature, some of whose members are elected by popular vote.
Wednesday marked the bill’s second reading and the debate is set to continue next week when it will likely be approved and become law.
Beijing portrays Hong Kong Democracy Opposes as a foreign-backed conspiracy to destabilize the motherland.
Activists say their rallies, which have been attended by millions, are the only way to voice the opposition in a city without completely free elections.
Last week, Beijing announced legislation to ban secularism, sabotage, Terror And foreign intervention.
The law, which has not yet been fully published, will bypass the legislature and be drawn directly by Beijing.
One of the measures announced includes plans to allow Chinese security agencies and secret police to open shop in Hong Kong for the first time.
The move has alarmed investors and some Western governments, whose stock market plummeted last week in five years.
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