Hundreds of people are demonstrating on Sunday in Hong Kong to condemn the bill on “security” as China tries to introduce Hong Kong, one of the worst attacks on territorial autonomy, according to pro-democracy activists.
The Hongkongs are again on the street. Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday, May 24 in central Hong Kong to condemn the proposed Security Act, which aims to ban “treason, isolation, sedition” [et]subversion “.
The protesters sang slogans from the pro-democracy movement while the insurgency police, deployed in force, began firing tear gas to disperse them. Police had previously warned them of the illegality of their collection in the Causeway Bay and Wanchai shopping districts.
Pro-democracy activists have multiplied calls for rallies since the bill was tabled on Friday, May 22, at the inauguration of the annual session of the National People’s Congress (ANP), the Chinese parliament. This text comes after repeated warnings from the Chinese Communist power against dissent in Hong Kong, shaken last year by seven months of monster demonstrations in favor of democracy.
Although reinforced by the triumph of “pro-democracy” in the local elections in November, this mobilization stopped at the beginning of the year due to the thousands of arrests and the Prohibition Assembly within the framework of the fight against coronavirus.
More than 8,300 people have been arrested since the protest began a year ago. About 200 were arrested on the side of minor acts during Mother’s Day in early May, but activists were determined to defy the restrictions and resume the movement. “We’re back! See you on the streets May 24,” said graffiti on a wall near the Kowloon Tong subway station.
Passage in force
Hong Kong has a very large autonomy compared to the rest of the country under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), under the concept of “One country, two systems” which had chaired its retrocession of London in 1997. Its inhabitants favor freedom of expression, freedom of the press and independent justice. Rights unknown in China.
This model is expected to last until 2047, but many Hong Kong people have condemned increasing disruption from Beijing for years, and many see Beijing’s powerful passage on the issue of national security legislation as a pollution of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle.
Article 23 of the “Constitution”, which has served as a mini constitution for the semi-autonomous territory for two decades, provides that the region itself adopts a security law. But this clause has never been applied because a large portion of Hong Kong people see it as a threat to their freedoms. Hong Kong’s last attempt to implement Article 23 2003 had failed before monster demonstrations.
Opponents of the text especially fear a clause that would allow Chinese police to conduct investigations in Hong Kong with their Hong Kong counterparts. Many see it as the beginning of a repression of all dissent in the territory.