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Hong Kong arrested for the first time under China’s new national security law



At the flag raising ceremony of the Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong, China on June 15, 2020, the Hong Kong honor guard raised the Chinese flag and the Hong Kong flag.

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The Hong Kong police announced on Wednesday that this was the first arrest since the entry into force of the Chinese National Security Law.

The controversial National Security Law was passed on Tuesday and came into force a few hours later.

It stipulates that those who act for the purpose of “undermining the national unity of Hong Kong and the motherland”

; will face the highest punishment for life, depending on the severity of the crime.

Under the new law, many protests in Hong Kong last year will be sanctioned by law.

Critics say the security law will undermine the autonomy promised to Hong Kong when it was transferred from Britain to China on July 1, 1997. Wednesday is the 23rd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong, which is managed under the framework of “one country, two systems”, enjoys freedoms that other cities in China do not have, such as the right to vote and a largely independent legal and economic system.

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