Hong Kong: Beijing quisling regime to create more “national security” offences

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Hong Kong will create a host of new national security [sic] offences, building on a law Beijing imposed last year that has criminalised dissent and transformed the once-outspoken city. Chris Tang, a former police chief promoted to security secretary this year, said officials started working on local legislation that would define new crimes under the security law. … The new security [sic] law will be directed by Article 23 of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, Tang confirmed. Article 23 calls for Hong Kong to pass its own national security [sic] legislation after the 1997 handover to China. An attempt to do so in 2003 sparked huge protests and concerns that Hong Kong would lose its unique freedoms. The legislation was shelved. Hong Kong’s inability to pass its own security [sic] laws was one of the reasons Beijing lost patience after the 2019 democracy protests and promulgated its own law last year.” (09/14/21)