China approved a new national security law for Hong Kong. The move comes in response to last year's prolonged social unrest and street violence. Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam says it was a necessary response for a city traumatized by escalating violence. To discuss: Song Zhang is the Washington Bureau Chief for Shanghai Wen Hui Daily. Yan Liang is an economics professor at Willamette University. Neysun Mahboubi is a Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Contemporary China. Qinduo Xu is a Senior Fellow with Beijing's Pangoal Institution and the host of CGTN's "Dialogue Weekend."
At least 90 people have been arrested in Hong Kong in protests against the government's decision to postpone elections. Police fired pepper balls at pro-democracy campaigners. Protesters are angry that authorities will hold elections to the city's legislature next July instead of this Sunday. Authorities have blamed the coronavirus pandemic for the delay. Anti-government protests have been held across Hong Kong since June last year, but slowed dramatically after China passed its so-called Hong Kong National Security Law. ABC News' Brittyn Clennett reports on the changes facing Hong Kong residents, and what they're trying to do in the face of a new law that critics say targets protesters. DW spoke with exiled Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law after China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas just outside Berlin that a recently introduced Security Law was needed to bring peace to the streets of Hong Kong. Wang said Hong Kong had been in chaos at the high point of street protests and the law, which critics have described as being draconian, was required to calm the protests. Hong Kong media tycoon, Jimmy Lai, has been detained, one of seven people arrested under the new, Beijing-imposed national security law.
Lai is the most high-profile individual arrested yet under the new law.
An executive in Lai's media group says he was arrested on suspicion of "colluding with foreign powers"; he had already been facing multiple charges for his role in the city's pro-democracy movement.
The police also raided the offices of Lai's newspaper.
Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke reports live from Hong Kong.