Hong Kong Erupts: Thousands Fill Streets To Oppose China’s National Security Law

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Despite the ban on gatherings, thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Hong Kong to oppose a “national security” law proposed by Beijing that negate the authority of the city’s legislature and establish harsh penalties against dissidents. The proposed law law would enable mainland Chinese police and military agencies to operate on city soil for the first time. Protesters were hit with tear gas and a water cannon. At least 120 were arrested.-GEG

After months of relative quiet amid the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Hong Kong, defying the city’s ban on gatherings to voice their opposition to a new “national security” law proposed by Beijing which would threaten the city’s autonomy and the civil liberties of its residents.

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.

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