The Strategist

Hong Kong protests take to the streets once again

05/25/2020 - 08:29

The Chinese authorities decided to finally fix the "Hong Kong problem": a draft resolution "On National Security" was introduced for the consideration of the session of the All-China Assembly of People's Representatives. The document provides for unprecedented restrictions on freedom in the “free city” and risks putting an end to the principle of “one country - two systems”. Moreover, Beijing acts bypassing the Hong Kong authorities.

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Hong Kong, banned from mass actions during the COVID-19 epidemic, is regaining its familiar appearance. Due to the new unprecedented bill, hundreds and thousands of people began to take to the streets of the city. They gathered in groups, and by one o'clock local time on Sunday, May 24, the city was ready for battle once again. On the one side there was a motley crowd of city dwellers in T-shirts, caps, medical masks and umbrellas, and on the other - policemen in gray uniforms and black protective gear.

The dissatisfaction of citizens was caused by the resolution “On National Security” put forward for consideration by the session of the All-China Assembly of People's Representatives (the country's formal parliament), which opened in Beijing on Friday.

The resolution provides for measures to prevent threats to national security in Hong Kong, including a ban on "secession, subversive activities and terrorism."

It is assumed that Beijing will have the right to engage its special services in Hong Kong, which, according to supporters of the city autonomy, will allow the Chinese authorities to detain citizens who are objectionable to them without trial.

It is assumed that the assembly will approve the resolution on May 28 and the Standing Committee will be tasked with developing and adopting an appropriate law. This is happening with no regards to the local authorities of Hong Kong, which in theory would not allow the residents of the city to influence its adoption. In 2003, for example, local authorities were forced to refuse to adopt a similar law after about 500 thousand people took to the streets. This time, Beijing decided to act independently.