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Hong Kong government demands removal of school books violating national security law

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After the shelves of Hong Kong libraries of books written by figures from the pro-democracy movement were removed, the government ordered schools on Monday July 6 to remove books that may violate Beijing's national security law imposed last week.

School principals and teachers "Must review teaching materials, including books", and the "Remove if they find there outdated content or that can be compared to the four types of offenses" defined by law, said the education department of the pro-Beijing government.

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The directive to schools was announced hours after libraries confirmed that they were removing from their shelves works that could violate national security law. Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the most famous activists, and Tanya Chan, a prominent pro-democracy MP.

Suppress subversion, secession, terrorism

The Chinese regime imposed on June 30 a very controversial text on the former British colony which makes the opposition fear an unprecedented decline in freedoms since the United Kingdom's 1997 surrender of this territory, which has a autonomy status.

The Beijing authorities, who intend to restore stability after several months of protests last year, however, say that this law will only concern"A small minority" of people. This law aims to suppress subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

A climate of fear has already descended on the city, the police arrest people in possession of symbols of independence or greater autonomy of the territory while traders removed their posters supporting the movement.

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Joshua Wong said the removal of the books was brought about by national security law. "White terror continues to spread, the national security law is, by nature, a tool intended to challenge (freedom) speech", this leading figure in the movement wrote on Facebook on Saturday, using an expression referring to political persecution.

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