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China passes controversial legislation

China passes controversial Hong Kong security law - Reuters

China has passed a controversial security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong, deepening fears for the city’s freedoms, the BBC has learned.

It is set to criminalise secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces, but will also effectively curtail protests and freedom of speech.

The move follows increasing unrest and a widening pro-democracy movement.

Pro-democracy organisation Demosisto reacted to the news by announcing it was ceasing all operations.

Earlier Joshua Wong, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists, said he was leaving the group, which he had spearheaded.

But some other veteran activists have said they will join a key march on Wednesday, despite the risk of arrest under the new law.

China has not yet officially confirmed the law has been passed and no draft was made public beforehand, meaning residents are still unclear of the measures they will have to abide by. The law could be implemented as early as Wednesday.

source: bbc

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