Hong Kong to suspend all schools due to spike in coronavirus cases

11 Juillet, 2020, 16:48 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A man pushes his bicycle past a branch of China Post's Postal Savings Bank of China in Wuhan Hubei province

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has tried to downplay the potential impact of the Hong Kong's new security law. Travel advice for Hong Kong has also been updated.

Students wait in line to get their temperatures taken before entering a school in Hong Kong on June 15.

Hong Kong has reported 1,365 cases with seven deaths since the pandemic began.

Citing local sources including a Hong Kong lawyer and a legislator, the business news publisher says that new laws imposed by the authoritarian government in Beijing have been used to forcibly collect DNA samples and search people's homes.

In a press release July 2, the Hong Kong government said the slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times", used by some protesters, would be banned as it "connotes "Hong Kong independence" ... subverting the State power".

The official said the ministry had expressed concerns over the law.

Currently, there are approximately 10000 citizens of Hong Kong currently in Australia as the holders of temporary visas.

It was a long-time British colony that the United Kingdom returned to China in 1997 for concessions including a pledge to govern the overwhelmingly ethnic Chinese population under a now-famous one country, two systems concept for 50 years.

The rioters resorted to violence, blocked off roads, damaged public property, and impeded the functioning of established institutions, which undermined the normal life of Hong Kong people, said the senator. China's Communist government has refused to allow outdoors investigators into the place.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the law as "draconian".

Previous 7 days, Canada was the very first nation to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong.

"The national security law for HKSAR will punish the tiny minority of people who endanger national security and protects the vast majority of Hong Kong residents", said Luo Huining, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong.

China has reacted angrily to moves by the worldwide community to help Hong Kongers, as well as popular criticism of the safety regulation, which it sights as needed to cease "terrorism" and "international interference" in the city.

The WHO and China have vehemently denied claims of a coronavirus cover-up.

"I had to tell them the truth", she said.

So far, the major U.S. tech companies have operated in Hong Kong without restrictions, receiving only a small number of requests regarding users.

The national security law "will become a deterrent both to outside forces who try to intervene and those internal elements who want to collude with foreign forces, because they know that now, when they do these activities, they can get caught, and they can be punished according to the law", he pointed out.

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