'Prevent, stop and punish': China's new Hong Kong sedition laws spark backlash

Hong Kong's opposition leaders have reacted furiously to a surprise move aimed at wiping out protests in the Chinese territory, warning it would be the 'end of Hong Kong'

22/05/2020 12:20:00 PM

Hong Kong's opposition leaders have reacted furiously to a surprise move aimed at wiping out protests in the Chinese territory, warning it would be the 'end of Hong Kong'

Beijing is set to establish new national security agencies and introduce a raft of tough new laws against dissent in Hong Kong as it attempts to wipe out protests in the Chinese territory.

Very large text sizeBeijing is set to establish new national security agencies in Hong Kong as it attempts to wipe out protests in the Chinese territory.Hong Kong's opposition leaders reacted furiously to the surprise move revealed in a late night press conference on Thursday, warning it would be the "end of Hong Kong", following the protests that engulfed the city throughout 2019.

Barack Obama says US protests can 'change America' Two Australian journalists assaulted as protests turn violent in London's Hyde Park Lions to be spared after attack on zookeeper

The late-night move triggered swift reactions around the world. United States legislators are preparing a bipartisan bill to sanction Chinese officials who implement the laws and President Donald Trump threatened to address the issue "very strongly". The last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, said it was a “comprehensive assault on the city’s autonomy, rule of law, and fundamental freedoms”.

Hong Kong riot police patrol during a demonstration outside a shopping mall on May 10.Credit:Getty ImagesHong Kong's stockmarket fell sharply as it opened on Friday. The Hang Seng lost 4.6 per cent as traders waited on more details out of Beijing. The draft legislation, submitted to the National People's Congress on Friday afternoon, shows the scope of the sweeping measures China has planned to clamp down on dissent in the former British colony.

AdvertisementThe draft measures prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the Central People's Government in Beijing and "prevent, stop and punish" activities that endanger national security. It also reveals plans to establish new national security agencies for the first time in Hong Kong.

"The relevant institutions of the Central People’s Government for safeguarding national security shall establish institutions in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as required, perform their duties of safeguarding national security according to law," the draft states.

LoadingIn a statement, China's Foreign Ministry said national security underpinned stability and safeguarding national security serves "the fundamental interest of all Chinese people including Hong Kong compatriots".The law will override Hong Kong's own legislature after Beijing grew frustrated at the territory's failure to pass its own national security laws during last year's crisis. Protests subsided at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic but have been brewing since Hong Kong mostly got COVID-19 under control in March.

The protests began last year in response to an extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be tried in courts on China's mainland but once the unpopular legislation had been withdrawn, discontent morphed into wider anger at Beijing's influence and allegations of police brutality.

Calls for more cultural burning after fire season 'that shook up Australia' 'Unite without him': Former Pentagon chief Mattis denounces Trump over protests Andrew Bolt breached media standards calling Greta Thunberg 'deeply disturbed', watchdog rules

The draft accuses protesters of "sabotage and destruction". The Chinese government maintains the legislation, some of which was proposed more than 20 years ago when Hong Kong was transferred to China, was necessary to return stability.Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, right, attends the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Credit:APHong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, who is in Beijing for the National People's Congress, said it was disappointing that the Hong Kong legislature had been unable to pass its own national security legislation. "The past year the terrorist and violent incidents in Hong Kong are very troublesome," she said.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the issue was a matter for China. Read more: The Age »

So happy 😀 If the national security law is enacted without resistance, no foreign businesses can be under the radar. As expected China claims that those draconian laws are only for extremists to appease everyone. Well, let's not forget the two Canadians being kidnapped. CCP forget what is 'Convention of Peking' and 'Sino-British Joint Declaration' BoycottChina

Very glad that finally CHINESE people come into their realization that PEST REMOVAL is best measure. You cannot allow yr house be filled up w/ cockroaches n rats. Time for stringent pest control, esp. now humanity is facing Covid-19. You don't want pests cause more diseases! China has given up 'carrot and stick' for a long while. All is left is stick. HongKongProtests

Not only him, Mr. Market thinks the same! Finally, 1 country 2 systems has come to an end. 🇭🇰🔥🔥🔥 HKers can't wait for becoming a 'real Chinese'. 🇨🇳🦠🦠🦠 We urge the America to cancel the USD-HKD Peg. 💸💸💸 StandwithHK CCP_is_terrorist Well, that’s what China really wants. Hope China is going through the same path as Soviet Union

If National security law in HongKong is legalized by CCP forcefully, it means OneCountryTwoSystems is dead. All freedom, human rights and autonomy will be terminated. It is really the end of Hong Kong. StandWithHongKong AntiChinazi HK people are to run HK! That’s too ridiculous! StandWithHongKong SOSHK

CCP is gonna killing all opposite people Season 1, One Country Two Systems finale. Season 2, One Country One Systems episode 1 begins. ccp has broken the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Hope the world will understand that the cost of cooperation with the CCP is very high. CCP_is_terrorist OneCountryTwoSystemsIsDead

Please don’t let them get us. Beware or be next. HongKongNeedsHelp ChinaMustPay The legislation if the law really means the end of HK freedom and autonomy. HK will then become an ordinary city of China, in which political censorship is common in place. World please continue support HK and sanction China FightForFreedom StandWithHongKong

Yes, the move of China has destroyed HongKong completely. The propose of nationalsecuritylaw is already broke the Joint Declaration. Can’t barely imagine what will happen if the law were passed. China is not trustworthy. Please unite the world to against CCP . I don't think the pro democracy camp, with support from over 60% of citizens should be called 'opposition leaders' It's HKGov and CCP who are, and always are, opposing the people

shiroihamusan Chinazi OneCountryTwoSystemsIsDead One Country Two Systems, what differentiates Hong Kong from the rest of China, is dead. The U.S and other parts of the world should rescind Hong Kong’s special status ASAP. The most terrible thing is that china will be able to setup its Security Agents in Hong Kong. Horrible mean such as illegal extradition to China, secret interrogation or even assassination may happen in Hong Kong against local and foregn oppositions. HongKongNeedsHelp Chinazi

The vile ccp is trying to label hongkong protestors as “terrorists” so that this can be the excuse for them to enact the vile national security law. Ironically, the ccp itself is the terrorist, by taking away the freedoms of people. Please boycott all chinese products! We all know how China will use this law to remove any opposing opinion. Not only autonomy, Hong Kong is losing basic human rights, such as freedom of speech and many more. Please help HongKong!

This is a real concern No more one country two systems This is freedom? This is democracy? This is the truth of Hong Kong for a year ! CCP tore its mask and destroyed HK’s autonomy by implementing the nationalsecuritylaw help us! do you believe in freedom? stand with us! help us fight against oppressionw StandwithHK

We have rejected the Article 23 of the Basic Law again and again because the power of this article can be used to impose charges on anyone that CCP wants to eliminate. Now they decided to insert the National Security Law in Annex III in order to get the similar power. Please sign the petition to save Hong Kong from protecting our rights and freedom🙏🏻Thanks a lot //Hope usa government will sanction cpc to avoid further erosion of hong kong people rights. soshk standwithhongkong hongkongneedshelp nationalsecuritylaw

It marks the end of 'one country, two systems'. CCP has completely disregarded their promises on HongKong in the joint declaration and blatantly destroyed our rights and freedom. SOSHK HK police force was murderer! Even a child or pregnant woman will arrest by them! Rule of law in HongKong has been corrupted. Only rule of man left.

Yes, because CCP will add whatever they want to HKers via this backdoor. This rule of law, autonomy , freedom& 1Country2Systems were gone This is the end of Hong Kong SOSHK HongKong sh!ts like this should never be seen in Hong Kong HongKong democracy freedom China CCP IMHO unreasonable behaviour

World need to speak for HongKonger 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 MagnitskyAct HongKongHumanRightsandDemocracyAct HR6947 HongKong 'Ideas are bulletproof'. Enacting the so-called 'National Security Law' will never beat HKers down but only inflict more anger and determination in overthrowing this tyranny. We shall never surrender and please continue to StandwithHK .

One country two systems is dead! Please stand with Hong Kong! HongKong is no longer safe , Your personal safety there is threatened by the authorities. Your money here could be confiscated with no justifiable grounds. Speech ❌Religion ❌Publishing ❌PressFreedom❌Rally❌Internet ❌ Academic ❌Education❌ StandWithHongKong

The suppression in Hong Kong has surfaced to such an international height! ccp though they can freely trample on human right and democracy! Please StandwithHK in fighting against this totalitarian together! Tyrants taking advantage of a crisis Tyrant’s playbook . It will not be the end of Hong Kong, but the end of those traitors.

The end of one country two systems, but the official beginning of hk independence China never stops humiliating itself and praising itself ....dictatorships are such a threat to the world. Hope More nation take action to support HongKong Unite the world against CCP. The dreaded move by Beijing has destroyed HongKong completely. Before CCP can claim it's got everything under control, the market's given its vote of no confidence to the newborn Orwellian state characterised by barbed wires and surveillance cams.

No more freedom, no more autonomy. It is the end of “One Country Two System” Autonomy in Hong Kong die definitely if the NationalSecurityLaw is forced to implement by CCP. Laws and regulations will be overridden by CCP and democracy in HK will fall down as developed before. Political suppression will never stop under this totalitarian government.

HongKongNeedsHelp OneCountryTwoSystemsIsDead never trust “one country, two systems” there is only one system in one country, two systems can only be existed in TWO COUNTRIES HKIndependence Please help HongKongers to fight against this evil regime Hong Kong's core values are being taken away by Beijing. Freedom, human rights and justice have laid the foundation for HK's success. Without them, HK is no longer HK. Please help the suffering HK citizens and protect them from Beijing's evil hand. StandWithHongKong HongKong

Death of Hong Kong 🏴‍☠️ CCP 𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗖𝗘 to implement “National Security Law” in HongKong. OneCountryTwoSystems is dead ! leo201508 The world has long turned a blind eye towards China. Remember where the virus came from? The nationalsecuritylaw suppress us in all means; HongKong civilians will be arrested when they just comment on the government. Even the journalists will be arrested if they reveal the truth.

CCP is violating our global value and bringing out diseases to the world. WHY is communist party still existing in 2020!? standwithHongKong Summer_onFire This is the end of rule of law, autonomy & 1Country2Systems This is the straw that broke the camel's back This is the end of Hong Kong Sanction them please. hongkongpoliceterrorism

CCP never stops control their people. The start point of WWIII? OneCountryTwoSystems is dead. viriyabot

China pledges to 'ensure national security' in Hong Kong and MacauIn his opening address to the National People's Congress, Premier Li Keqiang says China will establish 'enforcement mechanisms' in Hong Kong and Macau that will give Hong Kong's chief executive responsibility for preventing acts that endanger national security. More Chinese Communist propaganda spread by the TheirABC. The criminal dictatorship rolls on ! RIP Hong Kong More trouble to come.

China considering new security law for Hong Kong after protestsChina’s ceremonial parliament will consider a bill that could limit opposition activity in Hong Kong, a spokesperson said on Thursday, appearing to confirm speculation that China will sidestep the territory’s own lawmaking body in enacting legislation to crack down on activity Beijing considers subversive. At what point will investments in Honkers from Australia, become illogical. Money invested in a territory, covered by a iron veil fan, delays the civil ambitions of ordinary people. Controversial? Haha you don't even know it's content... ChinaLiedPeopleDied FreeHongKong

This is the end of Hong Kong': China pushes security law after unrestPro-democracy activists say they fear 'the end of Hong Kong', as China's proposed new security law could spell the end of the 'One Country, Two Systems' policy. 2019 Protest in HK made CCP rlose confidence in one country, two systems. Now they decide to go head with one system now. The National Security legislation definitely means the complete end of 1 country 2 system that claimed to support HongKong's autonomy over the past 22 years. The introduction of national security law brings an end to Hong Kong where ppl are supposedly allowed to enjoy freedoms under Basic Law.

China to impose sweeping national security law in Hong KongChina is set to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, provoking fears of further protests as China recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. There're too many innocent hongkonger have lost a massive of their wealth which accumalted through several generations as the endless chaos! But, weather or not new law should be imposed on hongkong is totally up to hongkonger. Hopefully Beijing won't play a too important role. Gonna have another year lost for HK then. Protest, virus and now protest again. No Matter who’s wrong who’s right, HK is losing its economic status and will definitely becomes a normal city enjoying less privilege

China plans to tighten laws for Hong KongIn what may be a response to the protests of the last year China plans an overhaul of Hong Kong's laws that will clamp down on protesters, foreign interference and other anti-government activity. Whatever. I'm done with apologists for China. Same with apologists-lite for them, also. FreeHongKong China owns it about as much as they do Japan or South Korea. Any attempt to control it like the rest of their country is nothing but potential genocide. because lets face it... CCP don't care for human lives. My heart goes out to Hong Kong.

Gyms in Hong Kong have introduced perspex divides – will we get them too?With lockdown measures being slowly lifted as coronavirus cases in Australia decline it seems that life is slowly returning to normal. So every time you go to a workout station you get a free germ sauna Absolute crazy . It’s not even that bad in Australia Lol, it won’t be happening here, won’t stop a media desperate to fill content quotas and keep hype levels up though.