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China to limit Hong Kong freedoms

Security officers remove a pro-democracy protester from a Legislative Council committee meeting in Hong Kong on Monday. Associated Press/Photo by Kin Cheung

China to limit Hong Kong freedoms

Nearly a year after protesters launched a pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, the Chinese government is preparing to drastically undercut the territory’s autonomy. The National People’s Congress will discuss new security laws for Hong Kong as it begins its annual meeting on Friday. It has scheduled a vote on the measure for May 28, the South China Morning Post reported.

What will the legislation include? The law would ban sedition, foreign interference, secession, and terrorism against the Chinese government. Beijing also has pushed for rules against disrespecting the Chinese flag and for more pro-China education in Hong Kong schools. China’s Communist regime proposed similar legislation in 2003 but suspended it following mass protests. News of the bill on Thursday sparked new calls for protests.

Dig deeper: Read June Cheng’s report on China’s response to coronavirus criticism.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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