The Chinese Parliament gets national security legislation in Hong Kong

China announced a national security proposal for Hong Kong on Thursday following last year’s major protests against the local executive and central government in Beijing, which could revive the protest movement in the semi-territory autonomously.

The Chinese parliament, which largely won over to the Communist Party, announced on Thursday, May 21, that it would adopt a law on “protection of national security” in Hong Kong in the coming days.

This legislation will be studied during the annual session of the National People’s Congress (PNA) which opens Friday in Beijing, the spokesman for the session, Zhang Yesui, told the press.

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It plans to strengthen the “enforcement mechanisms” on the subject of semi-autonomous territory, which was shaken in 2019 by sometimes violent demonstrations against Beijing.

Beijing’s frustration at Hong Kong’s local government

Beijing has long been frustrated by the local Hong Kong government’s inability to enact anti-subversion law on the territory.

Article 23 of the “Basic Law”, which acts as the constitution of the semi-autonomous territory, provides that Hong Kong adopts a law prohibiting “treason, isolation, sedition (and) subversion”.

But the text was never applied. Because a large portion of Hong Kong’s population sees it as a threat to their rights, such as freedom of speech or the press – unknown in China.

The last attempt to implement Article 23 2003 had failed before monster protests on the streets of Hong Kong.

With AFP