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CBS News 3 Jul 2020

Controversial security law takes effect in Hong Kong

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A controversial new security law has taken effect in Hong Kong. It was implemented by the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, and many argue the law curtails freedom of speech and diminishes Hong Kong's political and economic autonomy. Isaac Stone Fish, a CBSN contributor and a senior fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, joined CBSN for a closer look at the law.


It's a movement that swelled into the millions, winning the backing of both leaders and the public around the world.
And it's been championed as one of the 21st century's most important social movements.
Key figures are behind bars or facing charges. Pro-democracy politicians either walked out - or have been kicked out - of the legislature.
New strict security laws are being used to shut down Beijing's critics.
And most recently, a group of activists who fled from Hong Kong to Taiwan has been sentenced to prison.
How will the turmoil in Hong Kong play out?
More than 50 pro-democracy politicians and campaigners have been arrested in Hong Kong in the biggest crackdown since China imposed the national security law last year.

Most of those held were accused of "subverting state power" by allegedly holding unofficial primaries to pick opposition candidates ahead of postponed 2020 elections.
For this year's Christmas holiday, many people who live and work abroad will not be going home because of the pandemic.
In Hong Kong, domestic workers, in particular, are feeling the pain of separation. Thousands of foreign workers are spending the holiday away from their families because of restrictions.

Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke reports from Hong Kong.
China has blocked a World Health Organization team of experts conducting an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus from entering the country. In Hong Kong, police arrested at least 53 pro-democracy activists. And U.S. intelligence agencies have formally named Russia as the likely source of the massive cyber-hack revealed in December 2020. CBS News foreign correspondent Roxana Saberi joins "CBSN AM" from London with those stories.

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