After months of relative quiet amid the Corona-virus situation, thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Hong Kong, defying the city’s ban on gatherings?
These foreign supported activists voice their opposition to a new “national security” law proposed by Beijing which would threaten the city’s pseudo autonomy and the civil liberties of its residents.
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The protesters, most of whom could be seen donning masks, were hit with tear gas less than an hour after the start of the demonstrations which resulted in at least 120 arrests, including 40 of which were people accused of blocking Gloucester Road.
A water cannon truck was also deployed according to SCMP
The first rounds of tear gas were fired around 1:30 p.m. local time outside a Causeway Bay shopping mall. 20 minutes later, the first arrest was made, according to the Epoch Times.
Beijing unveiled details of the law on Friday, which would most likely grant the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s security services jurisdiction over matters in Hong Kong , which drew condemnation from Taiwan.
But also the United Kingdom, the EU, Australia, Canada and the USA, according to the report. It also drew immediate protest from opposition lawmakers.
The national security law would bypass the city’s legislature, which is expected to enact a ban on subversion, secession and sedition against Beijing. It will also enable mainland Chinese national security agencies to operate on city soil for the first time.
Zero Hedge / ABC Flash Point News 2020.