China to set up new 'special branch' in Hong Kong

24 Mai, 2020, 10:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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It called for a new law in Hong Kong to prevent and punish acts of "secession, subversion or terrorism activities". Hong Kong residents fear Beijing is undermining the "one country, two systems" promise. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the move, saying "the decision to bypass Hong Kong's well-established legislative processes and ignore the will of the people of Hong Kong would be a death knell for the high degree of autonomy Beijing promised".

Pro-Beijing politician Maria Tam, who advises China's parliament on her city's constitution, told AFP that investigations "could be joint efforts" between mainland and Hong Kong authorities once the law is passed.

The statement that Beijing would certainly enforce nationwide safety legislations shocked Hong Kong's citizens, millions of whom have actually marched with the city to demonstration versus a now-shelved costs which would certainly permit extradition to the landmass, as well as to safeguard their freedom. The former British colony was returned to China under a "one country, two systems" framework that gives it greater freedoms.

China's rubber-stamp parliament will vote next week on the proposal, following massive democracy protests that rocked the city previous year and infuriated Beijing. It will then be forwarded to the NPC's Standing Committee, China's top legislature, which is expected to finalise and enact the law by the end of June.

"I'm not anxious about anybody being arrested by a police officer from the mainland and then taken back to China for investigation or punishment", Maria Tam, a Hong Kong law advisor to the Chinese parliament, told AFP.

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Hong Kong is caught in the cross-hairs of a Beijing-Washington conflict developing on many fronts. "I didn't expect Hong Kong would deteriorate that quickly".

The rally, which was planned last week in relation to another controversial law which would criminalise ridicule of the national anthem, took on a new urgency after the Chinese Communist Party government revealed its plans at last week's annual meeting.

But Beijing has ultimate political sway over the city and had made it clear that it wanted to impose a national security law as Hong Kong authorities struggled to stop the sometimes-violent protests. But China's latest move is likely to trigger another round of popular protest against Beijing's rule.

In current weeks Beijing's elderly workplaces in Hong Kong have actually made interventionists declarations regarding Hong Kong legislators, as well as stated that constitutional bars on landmass disturbance do not put on them. "Hong Kong is part of China, and therefore, Hong Kong has an obligation to protect the national security of China". Meanwhile, Hong Kong's opposition leaders won't be represented in the Great People's Hall, where pseudo parliamentarians view them as "separatists" and "agitators", and clearly not as true Chinese. At times, the protests led to violence between police and protesters a year ago. There is fear that at a minimum, the new laws could be used to increase the charges against them.

The protesters were marching between the busy districts of Wan Chai and Causeway Bay when the tear gas was sacked, after earlier police warnings against the assembly. Protesters chanted slogans "Stand with Hong Kong, ' 'Liberate Hong Kong" and 'Revolution of our times'. Days later, Hong Kong police arrested 15 high-profile democracy activists including 81-year-old Martin Lee - often called the city's "Father of Democracy" - on charges related to participating in illegal rallies. "We are back! See you on the streets on May 24!" read what appeared to be fresh graffiti near a subway station in the Kowloon Tong district on Saturday, as concerns mounted of more unrest and instability in Hong Kong.

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