China’s parliament on Thursday passed the controversial Hong Kong Security Act in response to last year’s massive protest movement in the former British colony.
It was by an overwhelming majority that the Chinese Parliament approved the national security proposal in Hong Kong on Thursday, May 28.
The National Popular Assembly (ANP) was validated with 2,878 votes in favor, one against and six abstentions. than against foreign intervention.
The announcement of its adoption caused roaring applause. The vote calls on the Standing Committee of the ANP to draft a bill, which will be incorporated into the mini-constitution in Hong Kong, thereby circumventing the vote of the local legislative council.
Towards a regression of liberties?
This law must “prevent, stop and suppress all measures that seriously threaten national security, such as separatism, subversion, preparation for or implementation of terrorist activities”. In addition, “the operations of foreign forces, which are involved in the affairs” are covered in Hong Kong, decides the project that had been submitted to the ANP.
The project also plans to authorize state authorities to set up national security offices in Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong, democratic opponents of the central government’s influence in the territory say the measure paves the way for an unparalleled regression of freedoms in the financial metropolis with 7 million residents.
Beijing MPs believe that a national security law will reassure foreign investors about stability, following the 2019 monster protests that led to serious economic consequences.
For its part, Washington on Wednesday requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
“The United States is deeply concerned about the actions of the Chinese parliament that fundamentally undermine the high degree of autonomy and freedom that follows from the Sino-British Declaration of 1984, which was registered as a UN treaty,” he said in a statement. the US mission to the UN.
The US administration had formally concluded earlier today that Hong Kong no longer enjoys the autonomy promised by China, paving the way for any commercial representations, in a first spectacular response to the controversial security law Beijing desired.
With AFP and Reuters