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DW News 20 Jun 2020

China reveals details of new Hong Kong national security law


China has unveiled more details about a new national security law being drafted for Hong Kong. It says Beijing will set up a new national security bureau in Hong Kong, supervised by the central government, to crack down on dissent in the city. Critics fear it will crush wide-ranging freedoms that are seen as key to Hong Kong's status as a global financial center.

At least 90 people have been arrested in Hong Kong in protests against the government's decision to postpone elections. Police fired pepper balls at pro-democracy campaigners. Protesters are angry that authorities will hold elections to the city's legislature next July instead of this Sunday. Authorities have blamed the coronavirus pandemic for the delay. Anti-government protests have been held across Hong Kong since June last year, but slowed dramatically after China passed its so-called Hong Kong National Security Law.
Hong Kong media tycoon, Jimmy Lai, has been detained, one of seven people arrested under the new, Beijing-imposed national security law.
Lai is the most high-profile individual arrested yet under the new law.
An executive in Lai's media group says he was arrested on suspicion of "colluding with foreign powers"; he had already been facing multiple charges for his role in the city's pro-democracy movement.
The police also raided the offices of Lai's newspaper.

Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke reports live from Hong Kong.
China has warned the United Kingdom: "You're either with us or against us."
The country's ambassador in London says disagreements over Hong Kong and Huawei have poisoned relations.
But he did not specify how China could make life difficult for the UK.
Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports from London.
Hong Kong has slammed the US for imposing sanctions on its leaders, calling the decision "despicable and barbarous".
Chief executive Carrie Lam and the current and former police chiefs are among 11 officials whose US assets will be frozen.
Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke reports from Hong Kong.

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