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Hong Kong: Anti-government protests refueled by Beijing's national security law met by tear gas01:50

Hong Kong: Anti-government protests refueled by Beijing's national security law met by tear gas

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
May 24, 2020 at 17:10 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of anti-government protesters took to Hong Kong's streets despite coronavirus on Sunday as Beijing's planned national security legislation reignited the movement.

"People are worried, that's why we gather on the street again under the outbreak of COVID-19. We must continue the fight," said Joshua Wong, the Secretary-General of the anti central government Demosisto party, adding that with Beijing's latest announcement it was time for them to "fight back."

The legislation would grant the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) more control over Hong Kong if passed, which protesters see as a threat to democracy.

On Friday, legislation that seeks to "prevent, stop, and punish" activities threatening the security in Hong Kong was introduced by the National People's Congress (NPC). Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that proposed national security laws "won't affect" Hong Kong's freedoms or autonomy.

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 extradition to mainland China before evolving into an overall anti-government demonstration.

Hong Kong: Anti-government protests refueled by Beijing's national security law met by tear gas01:50
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Thousands of anti-government protesters took to Hong Kong's streets despite coronavirus on Sunday as Beijing's planned national security legislation reignited the movement.

"People are worried, that's why we gather on the street again under the outbreak of COVID-19. We must continue the fight," said Joshua Wong, the Secretary-General of the anti central government Demosisto party, adding that with Beijing's latest announcement it was time for them to "fight back."

The legislation would grant the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) more control over Hong Kong if passed, which protesters see as a threat to democracy.

On Friday, legislation that seeks to "prevent, stop, and punish" activities threatening the security in Hong Kong was introduced by the National People's Congress (NPC). Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that proposed national security laws "won't affect" Hong Kong's freedoms or autonomy.

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 extradition to mainland China before evolving into an overall anti-government demonstration.

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