Demonstrations Held Opposing And Supporting Hong Kong's New Security Law
Hong Kong residents reacted to China's approval of a contentious national security law that will allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity.
Police in Hong Kong have arrested nearly 300 people for protesting in the territory on Sunday. Protesters were on the streets on a day that Hong Kong should have been holding local elections, had they not been postponed for a year by the government over coronavirus fears. Police responded with pepper balls against protesters who demonstrated against the deferment. Many believe it was to prevent pro-democracy parties from gaining at the ballots, riding on a wave of anti-establishment feeling. A new security law that prohibits virtually all protest in the city has added to the anti-government mood.
China's new Hong Kong Security Law prohibits almost all forms of protest. Those convicted of offenses can be sentenced to life in prison. Accustomed to political activism and free expression, Hong Kong activists are trying to adjust to the new normal. At least ten people have been arrested under the new law. No one knows which political slogans are still allowed. Ever since the new national security law was instituted, political opinions have become dangerous. Police in Hong Kong have arrested one of the most prominent figures under the new national security law.
Jimmy Lai and six others linked to his pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily are in custody on charges of colluding with foreign forces.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association says it is a worrying development for media freedom.
Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke reports. Police in Hong Kong have arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of China's policies in Hong Kong. A top aide said Lai is being held over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the controversial national security law imposed by Beijing in June. The 71-year-old owns the popular tabloid Apple Daily. He's one of seven people police said they arrested during raids on Monday. Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has denied colluding with foreign governments. He made the statement after being released from prison on bail. Lai was arrested last Monday under a new national security law imposed by Beijing. During an interview with DW the publisher of Apple Daily said he expected resistance in Hong Kong to China would continue.