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Al Jazeera 20 Jun 2020

China to set up 'national security agency' in Hong Kong: Media

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People in Hong Kong have been voting in an unofficial referendum.
They are deciding whether to stage a strike over a controversial national security law that China's government wants to impose on the territory.
Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown reports.


It's been just over two weeks since Beijing imposed a controversial national security law on Hong Kong. Quartz reporter Mary Hui joins CBSN to talk about how it is impacting people in the city.
The legislation is aimed at curbing subversive, secessionist and terrorist activities, as well as foreign intervention in the city's affairs. It follows months of anti-government protests that at times descended into violence in Hong Kong last year.
It's been an eventful month since China's government imposed a national security law on Hong Kong.
China's leaders say it's essential to curb months of disruptive protests, but critics say it's the death knell of democracy in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.
Police detained student activists.
12 democratic candidates were disqualified from a now postponed legislative council election.
And despite going into exile, activists overseas such as Nathan Law now face wanted notices if they return to Hong Kong.
So what's the future for autonomy and freedom of expression in the global financial hub?

Presenter: Imran Khan

Guests:

Isaac Cheng - Pro-Democracy Campaigner

Andrew Leung - Independent China Strategist

Stephen Vines - China Analyst and Author of Defying the Dragon: Hong Kong and the World's Largest Dictatorship
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.

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