Hong Kong police make first arrest under ‘anti-protest’ law

Hong Kong police make first arrest under ‘anti-protest’ law

In Hong Kong, the police made their first arrest under the recently passed anti-protest law.

While crowds gathered to mark the 23 years since the end of British rule, nine people were arrested and accused of violating the law. One man was arrested with a pro-independence flag and more other 300 were detained during the banned rally.

The man has not been identified and it remains unclear whether he will be prosecuted.

Hong Kong’s sovereignty was returned to China from Great Britain in 1997, and certain rights should be guaranteed under the One Country, Two Systems agreement for at least 50 years.

The new Hong Kong anti protest, a law imposed by Beijing, aims at secession, subversion and terrorism with punishment and even life imprisonment.

The new law also regards damage to public transport, which is more common in protests, as terrorism.

In addition, Beijing will set up a new security office in Hong Kong, whose law enforcement personnel are not under the jurisdiction of the local authority.

Moreover, it is now punishable under Article 29 to incite hatred of the central government of China and the regional government of Hong Kong.

And the law can also be broken by foreigners under Article 38 from abroad, which could mean that foreigners could be arrested upon arrival in Hong Kong.

On Wednesday, many gathered for an annual rally to celebrate the anniversary of the pro-democracy handover. The crowd often defied the ban by authority’s regulation on gatherings of not more than 50 people amid the highly contagious virus that has killed over 516,394 peoples worldwide.

In Causeway Bay district, demonstrators have heard chanting resist till the end and Hong Kong independence.

Police used flags to warn those protesters which had some banners and slogans that can be now a crime under the new law.

To some extend police were forced to use water cannon, pepper sprays, and tear gas on protesters.

It was reported that during the tension between the police and demonstrators, one officer was stabbed in the arm by rioters who were carrying sharp objects. The suspects ran away and bystanders bothered less to offer help.

Many activities have raised their concerns saying that the law erodes freedoms.  China has dismissed the claims.

Human rights activities and some countries have also condemned the new law.

Uk foreign secretary Dominic Raab, labeled the law as a flagrant assault on freedom of speech and protest. The UK has updated its travel policy in response to the new Hong Kong law, noting that there will be an increased risk of detention and deportation of non-permanent residents.

And up to 3m Hong Kong residents will be offered a chance to settle in the UK and apply for citizenship ultimately.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China has broken its promise to the Hong Kong people.

Despite all of these concerns, the Beijing foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian has urged countries to take an objective view of the situation, adding that China will not allow outside interference in its internal affairs.

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