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Hong Kong: Unrest in LegCo as opposition lawmakers decry China's national security law02:11

Hong Kong: Unrest in LegCo as opposition lawmakers decry China's national security law

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
May 22, 2020 at 17:38 GMT -00:00 · Published

Scuffles broke out in Hong Kong's Legislative Council on Friday, as a group of opposition lawmakers staged a protest against China’s announced move to enact a new national security legislation for the semi-autonomous region.

Lawmakers, holding signs, were seen staging a protest inside the Legislative Council. Some of the legislators were forcibly dragged out of the chamber.

On Thursday, Zhang Yesui said that the National People's Congress was set to "deliberate the bill on reviewing a draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security”.

The move can be perceived as confirmation of China sidestepping Hong Kong’s own legislative body in enacting legislation, which can in return limit opposition activity, going against the "one country, two systems" framework that allows the Special Administrative Region freedoms not found in mainland China.

Last year, Hong Kong saw the largest protest movement in its history, which started with opposition to a now-scrapped plan to allow extraditions to mainland China before evolving into an overall anti-government demonstration.

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Scuffles broke out in Hong Kong's Legislative Council on Friday, as a group of opposition lawmakers staged a protest against China’s announced move to enact a new national security legislation for the semi-autonomous region.

Lawmakers, holding signs, were seen staging a protest inside the Legislative Council. Some of the legislators were forcibly dragged out of the chamber.

On Thursday, Zhang Yesui said that the National People's Congress was set to "deliberate the bill on reviewing a draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security”.

The move can be perceived as confirmation of China sidestepping Hong Kong’s own legislative body in enacting legislation, which can in return limit opposition activity, going against the "one country, two systems" framework that allows the Special Administrative Region freedoms not found in mainland China.

Last year, Hong Kong saw the largest protest movement in its history, which started with opposition to a now-scrapped plan to allow extraditions to mainland China before evolving into an overall anti-government demonstration.

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