What the security laws mean for Hong Kong

We hear what the situation is from the ground

One year after massive pro-democracy protests, Hong Kongers are again having to fight for their freedoms. This time, a new controversial security law is being proposed by Beijing. We talked to students about what it means for them. By Marta Portocarrero.

The plan for a looming new law has been approved by China’s Parliament. Its drafts makes criminal any act of:

🇭🇰 secession – breaking away from the country

🇭🇰 subversion – undermining the power or authority of the central government

🇭🇰 terrorism – using violence or intimidation against people

🇭🇰 activities by foreign forces that interfere in Hong Kong

If passed, the new law could mean the end of some crucial freedoms Hong Kong enjoys under the “one country, two systems” way of life, such as freedom of assembly and speech.

People in Hong Kong fear China will turn the country into an autocratic regime, despite there being still 27 years left until the end of the 50-year handover period from the former British administration, during which Hong Kong should technically be free.

One year after massive pro-democracy protests that saw millions taking to the streets for months, the new law makes things look much worse for Hong Kongers.

Students told us how “terrified” they feel about the new legislation and how this would increase police brutality in the country. Over the last year, more than 8,900 people have been arrested during the protests.

They say Hong Kong is “no longer liveable” and are planning their futures elsewhere. We have removed their names to protect their anonymity.

They urged people in the UK to ask our government to help them by signing petitions against the use of tear gas during demonstrations.

Here’s one you can sign.

Did you know this was happening in Hong Kong?