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China Passes Controversial National Security Law

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China's parliament passed the controversial national security law in Hong Kong on Tuesday (June 30th), media reported in the semi-autonomous territory, raising fears of repression of political opposition in the former British colony. The text was voted unanimously in Beijing, said Tuesday morning, Now TV, RTHK and the South China Morning Post.

This law, which intends to repress the "Separatism", the "Terrorism", the "Subversion" and the "Collusion with external and foreign forces", aims to bring stability to Hong Kong, after monster protests against central power in 2019. Opponents fear it will serve to muzzle dissent and bury the semi-autonomy and freedoms enjoyed by residents.

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The text, drawn up in just six weeks and whose content is not known to the nearly 7.5 million Hong Kongers, bypasses the Local Legislative Council. At her weekly press conference on Tuesday morning, local executive chief Carrie Lam declined to say whether he had actually been adopted. "I don't think it is right now for me to comment on matters relating to the national security law"said Mme Lam.

Tensions expected with Europe and the United States

For the pro-democracy opposition in Hong Kong and for several Western countries including the United States, for the G7 or the European Union (EU), this law is on the contrary an attack on the autonomy and freedoms of the territory. Washington thus initiated on Monday the withdrawal of trade privileges enjoyed by Hong Kong in response to the security bill prepared in China.

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The official new China news agency is expected to publish details of the security law today, according to the official. South China Morning Post. Hong Kong officials are also scheduled to travel to Beijing for a meeting on the subject, the newspaper added. The law will come into effect upon publication in the Official newspaper from Hong Kong, expected shortly.

The World with AFP

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