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    China passes Hong Kong security law: reports

    China passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday, multiple local media outlets in the city reported Tuesday, in what critics fear will herald a wave of mainland style political repression.


    The National Standing Committee, China’s top lawmaking body, unanimously approved the legislation on Tuesday morning, Now TV, RTHK and the South China Morning Post reported.


    Beijing says the law banning subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces is needed to return stability to Hong Kong after a year of angry pro-democracy protests.


    Opponents fear it will demolish the business hub’s cherished political freedoms and hollow out its autonomy given similar laws are used to crush dissent on the authoritarian mainland.


    In an unprecedented move, Beijing bypassed Hong Kong’s legislature to pass the law, which was signed off just six weeks after it was first announced.


    Hong Kong’s 7.5 million residents have yet to see the contents of the law.


    At her weekly press conference on Tuesday morning, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam — a pro-Beijing appointee — declined to comment on whether the law had been passed.


    “I think at this moment, it is not appropriate for me to comment on any questions related to the national security law,” Lam told reporters.


    Rights groups, many western governments and the Unitied Nations’ rights body have expressed alarm over the law.

    China passes Hong Kong security law: reports – Thai PBS World

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    I'm sure the APC's were rolling before the ink dried.

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    One of the things that I see as most sinister in all this is that HK will need to set up a new court alongside the existing courts to hear certain cases. Exactly what cases remains unclear, time will tell. Judges in the new court will be chosen by - the Chief Executive. So the judiciary is no longer independent of the executive.
    Expect a fragmentation of the protest movement as the moderates fade away and extremists becone more extreme.

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    seems to have done the job.
    Any kind of political activism will now be very dangerous.
    Hong Kong activists shut down protest groups after China passes security law | Hong Kong | The Guardian

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    Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law as thousands protest



    "The law is a birthday gift to (Hong Kong) and will show its precious value in the future," Chinese official Zhang Xiaoming said.

    Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law as thousands protest

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law as thousands protest



    "The law is a birthday gift to (Hong Kong) and will show its precious value in the future," Chinese official Zhang Xiaoming said.

    Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law as thousands protest
    Don't they come out with some shit.


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    3 million with British passport are welcome to settle in the UK if they can find somewhere to live and a job, something a lot of residents are struggling to do already due to Covid19.

    Is China purposefully trying to fvck up the UK and the rest of the world to a lesser extent.?

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    Better 3 million HK Chinese than 3 million pakistanis, 3 million north africans or 3 million romanian white trash from eastern europe.


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    You can say that again

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    Nothing wrong with the HKers.

    They dont claim victimhood all the time, they dont shout and make demands, they just quietly go about their business and integrate well. Not that many of them in prison either. Their chip shops are shit though.

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    Feel for the young HK'ers who can't get citizenship , it's not gonna end well unless the British get seriously involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Their chip shops are shit though.
    The best chippie in Chelmsford was run by HK Chinese.

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    On a more serious note, my first post on this thread was before the full text was widely available. It is in fact a lot worse than I first thought. There will be mainland officials who are not subject to HK law and they have the ability to remove people from HK to face trial in China.
    Possibly the worst bit is Article 38, which extends this law to you and me, wherever we are in the world.
    I don't knowingly undermine the Chinese state but I have shared opinions with HK friends that Mr. Xi might find disparaging. So who knows? My next trip to HK could see me getting no further than the immigration desk. Practically speaking I don't imagine I will ever get on their radar. However some of my Taiwanese friends who transit HK are a bit nervous.

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    China threatens ‘corresponding measures’ after Boris Johnson says three million Hong Kongers can come to Britain
    Well fucking hell, I would imagine there will be a massive queue of Britons seeking to live under chinky rule.

    I hope HooHoo and Klondyke don't miss out. There will be tears.

    China threatens ‘corresponding measures’ after Boris Johnson says three million Hong Kongers can come to Britain

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    "Corresponding measures" ?

    Oh, I forgot....under communism, the state OWNS people and you cannot leave of your free will. You owe the state for your upbringing and have to work to pay it off.

    If you try to leave, they shoot you, like they do to Tibetans who try to leave, and like they did to people trying to escape from East Berlin....

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    Hong Kong protester arrested on suspicion of stabbing police


    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested a man onboard a London-bound flight early Thursday morning on suspicion of stabbing a police officer during protests of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s new security law, officials said.





    About 370 people were arrested during and after Wednesday’s protests against the law being imposed by China to curb activities surrounding the anti-government protests that has been ongoing since June last year. Ten of them were arrested on suspicion of violating the new security law, some of whom were in possession of paraphernalia that advocated for Hong Kong’s independence.


    The law took effect Tuesday and outlaws secessionist, subversive, and terrorist acts, as well as any collusion with foreign forces when it comes to the intervening in the city’s affairs.





    It has garnered concern from Hong Kong’s former colonial ruler Britain and other governments. Critics say the law effectively ends the “one country, two systems” framework under which the city was promised a high degree of autonomy when it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.


    Police on Wednesday had posted a photo of a police officer bleeding from his arm on Twitter, stating that he was stabbed in the arm while making arrests during the protests and that the suspects had fled.





    The 24-year-old man, surnamed Wong, was arrested on a Cathay Pacific flight bound for London, according to a police official, who spoke anonymously as he was not authorized to speak publicly about the arrest.


    Wong had purchased a ticket on Wednesday and boarded the flight with no check-in luggage, the official said. He did not respond to the air crew who called him by name, and was not at his designated seat. Police identified him after conducting a sweep of the plane.





    Local media reported he was arrested after a relative tipped off his travel plans to the police.


    Britain announced Wednesday that it was extending residency rights for up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport, stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to the former British colony. Those eligible will be able to live and work in the U.K. for five years, before applying for settled status and then again for citizenship.


    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday his government was considering a similar move, and Taiwan has opened an office to help Hong Kongers move to Taiwan for employment and other purposes.

    Hong Kong protester arrested on suspicion of stabbing police – Thai PBS World

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Possibly the worst bit is Article 38, which extends this law to you and me, wherever we are in the world.
    I would love to see a chinky trying to enforce his "law" on my turf.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Oh, I forgot....under communism, the state OWNS people
    Don't forget to read up on "communism".

    ((in communisme there is NO state.) a commune is a small administrative unit)


    Glad to help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post

    Feel for the young HK'ers who can't get citizenship , it's not gonna end well unless the British get seriously involved.
    It's going to end exactly as it always was going to end, just a few years earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I hope HooHoo and Klondyke don't miss out. There will be tears.
    HoHo is already crying about it, defending China . . . strangely enough in the 'How has C-19 affected you' thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I would love to see a chinky trying to enforce his "law" on my turf.

    Well, they already abducted those HK booksellers, one in Thailand and one in HK. Booksellers ffs, not exactly the Mr. Bigs of international crime.
    I think for those people who hold HK ID and a foreign passport such as those living in Canada or Australia they might be wondering whether or not China has the resources to extract them without assistance from their host nations. If China does that, then what? A lot of politicians expressing outrage? The message from Beijing seems to be that they will keep doing as they please, because they can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    China has the resources to extract them without assistance from their host nations.
    Without a doubt . . . as do the Saudis, Americans, Russians etc...


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    I wonder how many of the blue ones are led by those who have "benefited" from Belt and Owed?

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