Hong Kong Security Law
Hong Kong. Hundreds of people were arrested in Hong Kong to protest against the new National Security Act.
Britain and Australia are now opening their doors to Hong Kong residents who want to immigrate. In response, the Beijing government is threatening retaliation against the British.
Chinese authorities responded forcefully after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said millions of Hong Kong residents were welcome to move to Britain with the introduction of the controversial National Security Act in the former British colony.
Just hours before the controversial law came into effect, Boris Johnson said it was a “clear and grave breach” of the 1985 Agreement on Land Transfer, a legally binding agreement that Hong Kong should govern separately from mainland China until 2047.
“The National Security Act violates Hong Kong’s high level of self-government and threatens freedoms and rights protected under the Joint Declaration [mellan London och Peking]Boris Johnson.
Just over 350,000 residents Hong Kong has a British passport, 2.6 million others have so-called British Foreign Citizenship, British National Overseas (BNO) and a similar status in relation to the colonial era.
All of them will now be able to live and work in the UK for five years, and then apply for full citizenship. It represents more than a third of Hong Kong’s population.
The new national security law threatens in several ways the strengths behind Hong Kong’s success and position, such as freedom of expression and independent legal systems, according to several observers Dee spoke to. Earlier this year, Hong Kong lost its place as the world’s freest economy with the growing influence of the communist regime.
More than 300 people were arrested during the demonstrations on Wednesday. During the riots, a policeman stabbed and arrested a young man while trying to flee by plane to Britain.
Ten people were arrested in direct connection with the new law. Among those arrested in connection with threats to national security was a 19-year-old man holding a poster on his cellphone that read “Freedom for Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Time,” a slogan that can be seen everywhere in a city. Two young women were arrested for wearing similar stickers in their bags.
“It is difficult to understand how the posters in the bag could threaten national security. It is clear that the law has nothing to do with national security but aims to silence dissent,” says a Hong Kong social worker who does not want to stand idly by.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that he has made proposals to open the door on special visas to Hong Kong residents who are concerned for their safety.
Are we ready to go ahead and support? “The answer is yes,” he said.
China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, said that Boris Johnson’s offer to allow nearly 3 million Hong Kong residents to move to Britain is a violation of international law and that the British government’s criticism is “irresponsible and unjustified.”
The United Kingdom does not have the sovereignty, jurisdiction, or right to “supervise” Hong Kong. “All Chinese citizens living in Hong Kong are Chinese citizens, regardless of whether they have a BNO passport or not,” he said.
“We strongly oppose this and reserve the right to take similar measures,” Liu said, without specifying what those measures meant.