Hundreds arrested on first day of Hong Kong national security law
At least 300 people were arrested July 1, with nine arrests of five men and four women on suspicion of violating the national security law, according to police. Hundreds turned out to protest China's central government decision to impose a sweeping national security law that critics say has stripped the city of its autonomy and precious civil and social freedoms, and cements Beijing's authoritarian rule over the territory.
The first day of the controversial national security in Hong Kong was met with protests as hundreds were arrested.
The widely-drawn crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces could now carry a life sentence, a move welcomed by the city's pro-Beijing leader, Carrie Lam.
She toasted the legislation imposed by the Chinese government, saying it will "restore stability in Hong Kong after a year of escalating violence and riots". Hong Kong police made their first arrests under a new security law Wednesday. In a statement on Facebook, police said they arrested 300 people.
»» CGTN's Elaine Reyes and Victor Teo, an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong, discuss the 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.