“Our minds will never be crushed”: Hong Kong activists vow to continue fighting despite new laws | News from the world

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Joshua Wong, Lee Cheuk-yan and James To – three of Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy activists – said the possibility of going to jail in China has never been more real.The national security law passed in Beijing and enacted in Hong Kong on July 1 appears to be tailor-made in many ways.

In less than a week, the atmosphere in Hong Kong has radically changed. People have been arrested for possession of material deemed “subversive”. Colored “Lennon walls” with pro-democracy messages have been torn down or replaced with blank notes after police warnings. The political groups have dissolved. Authorities have ordered schools to remove books that could “endanger” national security while public libraries have released sensitive books. The police no longer need search warrants for national security matters. A hotel in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong was turned into a national security office and opened on Wednesday.

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