China to impose sweeping security law in Hong Kong, ends city’s autonomy

China to impose sweeping security law in Hong Kong, ends city’s autonomy

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  1. The end of any pretense that “One country, two systems” means anything real. But for coronavirus this would be the biggest news of the year. Millions of people have had any hope of democracy taken from them.

  2. There is quite an important omission in this article (which is a bit too emotional without enough focus on factual info…) about the whole issue.

    What is happening revolves around article 23 of HK's Basic Law (which governs its autonomous status):

    "The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the Central People's Government, or theft of state secrets, to prohibit foreign political organisations or bodies from conducting political activities in the Region, and to prohibit political organisations or bodies of the Region from establishing ties with foreign political organisations or bodies"

    Of course, the key in that text is "on its own".

    On the other hand, the counter argument is that they have failed to do that in the last 23 years.

    Which, I think, explains this excerpt from the article:

    "“The social unrest last year showed that the Hong Kong government was unable to handle passing [national security legislation] on its own,” said Ng, a Beijing loyalist who has for years pushed for a similar law."

    So I read this as saying that the HK government is in effect in breach of the Basic Law and thus the Central Government will step in.

  3. I'm quite sad for the people living in Hong Kong, to be stripped from their autonomy by means like dragging out the pro-democratic party members and "voting" for a person who is pro-CCP, and claiming that to be a legitimate.

    Had it been a clean democratic process to end up in that, then so be it, but having things go in this kind of a fashion is truly terrible.

    I truly hope they can still turn the situation over, and wish them all the best in their attempts – I'm lucky to live in a country where I do not worry about these kind of things, so it is easy to talk from my ivory tower, but damn I would be scared to live in a place where democratic process can be dismantled just because it is an inconvenience for someone else 🙁


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