They also allow police to enter premises and search warrant-free evidence “in exceptional circumstances”, to prevent investigated persons from leaving Hong Kong and to request information from organizations and foreign and Taiwanese political agents on their Hong Kong-related activities.
The new powers were revealed when the Hong Kong authorities released “implementing rules” on Monday and quickly used them to quell democratic behavior, such as holding a protest sign.City Director General Carrie Lam told “radicals,” who she said put the country in danger, “not to challenge the law or the consequences would be serious … If people obey the law and don’t never think of endangering national security, there is no reason for concern ever. ”
Asked about widespread concerns among local and foreign media that the laws endanger them by criminalizing acts of journalism, Lam replied that it was not about “giving me a guarantee of what you can and cannot do.” not to do “.
” And [the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club] or journalists in Hong Kong can give me a 100% guarantee that they will not commit violations of this legislation, so I can do it, “she said.
She accused foreign press and governments of fueling fear, saying the new laws were “not condemned” and she hadn’t noticed the fear among the residents. “This law only targets four types of urgent issues,” she said repeatedly. “It does not affect the rights and freedoms of people in Hong Kong.”
The day before, eight people were arrested during a silent demonstration where demonstrators held up blank pieces of paper at the Kwun Tong Mall. They protested against the ban on independence slogans, notably “Free Hong Kong, the revolution of our time”.
Following the approval of the security law, books by pro-democracy figures have been removed from bookstores and library authorities are in the process of reviewing their book lists.
The imposition of laws by Beijing has been criticized as an alarming encroachment on the freedoms of the semi-autonomous city and an extension of its line of hardening against dissent.
On Tuesday, the procuratorate announced that China had launched a special task force to strengthen the political police to maintain social stability on the continent.
Working group “would suppress all kinds of infiltration, subversion, sabotage, violent terrorist activity, ethnic separatist activity and extreme religious activity,” according to undated notes from a working group meeting published in the newspaper Monday. The main responsibility of the working group was declared as the safeguard of the Chinese political system. “Political security is linked to national security and the well-being of people,” the notes said.