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Voice of America 22 May 2020

Protesters Slam Security Law at Hong Kong China Office


▶️A small show of defiance in Hong Kong against the big meeting in Beijing: protesters outside China's government liaison office are denouncing plans to impose a new security law.

Democratic Party Chairman Wu Chi-wai led a few small groups Friday of less than eight people in a short march to the liaison office.

Police stopped them and fined them for breaching temporary anti-virus rules that ban more than eight people gathering together.

But after a wait of more than 30 minutes, the small groups of protesters were allowed to walk up to the Chinese liaison office and shout their demands.

The event ended peacefully.

China's annual parliamentary meeting has been officially opened in Beijing and it's expected that national security legislation for Hong Kong will be discussed during the seven-day session according to the Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Reports say that the National People's Congress (NPC) is to discuss drafting a decision on "Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for Hong Kong to Safeguard National Security" at a plenary session on Friday.
Earlier, local media reported that the law could be enacted through Annex III of Hong Kong's basic law.
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