Chinese lawmakers pass controversial security law for Hong Kong
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Travel Canada has said that Canadians should also “be very careful” in Hong Kong because of “large-scale protests underway.”
“Political protests of various sizes are held regularly in Hong Kong,” said the website. “They can quickly spread to surrounding areas, including those frequented by tourists. ”
The agency warned that protesters and security forces clashed, warning that police have often “responded more quickly and more severely to unauthorized protests.”
“They used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition as a crowd control measure,” said the warning.
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Protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday to demonstrate against the new legislation.
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The protests coincided with the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer from Britain to China.
Chinese lawmakers approved the controversial security law on Tuesday. The legislation directly targets some of the actions of anti-government protesters in the past year, which many consider Beijing’s most daring to break the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and the authoritarian system of the Communist Party.
The text specifies that those who destroy government facilities and public services would be considered subversive. Damage to public transportation and arson were allegedly acts of terrorism.
Under the new law, anyone who takes part in secessionist activities – whether they organize or participate – will be in violation of the law, whether or not violence is used.
National security legislation has drawn criticism from the international community, including Canada.
In a joint statement Tuesday, Canada and 26 other countries expressed their concerns to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
In the declaration, the signatory countries said that China’s decision to make the law without the “direct participation” of the people, the legislative and judicial power of Hong Kong “undermines” a country, two systems “”.
“We urge the governments of China and Hong Kong to reconsider the imposition of this legislation and to engage the people, institutions and the justice system of Hong Kong to prevent a further erosion of the rights and freedoms enjoyed by the people of Hong Kong since many years, “said the press release. bed.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defended the legislation, saying the decision was “necessary and timely to maintain the stability of Hong Kong.”
—With Associated Press files
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