US: China's Security Law Would be 'Death Knell' for Hong Kong's Autonomy
As pro-democracy lawmakers scuffle with security in Hong Kong, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asks China to reconsider its push to impose national security law on semiautonomous territory #UnitedStates #China #HongKong
Senior State Department leaders, U.S. lawmakers call it sad day for the semi-autonomous territory's people Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong talks to Sky News about China's announced plans for a new security law.
Pro-democracy activists say they fear the move will be "the end of Hong Kong". Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have been rallying against a national security bill proposed by Beijing.
The proposal would ban all activities considered "subversive" and activists say it would be the end of Hong Kong's autonomy.
Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown reports. In Hong Kong, thousands took to the streets to protest Beijing's plans to impose a security law on the former British colony. It would bypass the local legislature and is expected to ban what China calls treason and sedition. Pro-democracy campaigners say it's a threat to Hong Kong's freedoms and semi-autonomy. Hong Kong's security chief says "terrorism" is on the rise in the city as police arrested some 180 protesters during renewed unrest.
And markets in Hong Kong fell after this weekend's protests over the proposed national security bill