The Hong Kong Police detained at least 180 people on Sunday during the protest against the national security law that the Peking Government plans to apply in the former British colony and which received the support of the body today.
Hong Kong Police Commissioner Tang Ping-keung today expressed his “full support” for the planned legislation: “Since June last year there have been violent protests in which criminals even detonated bombs in hospital bathrooms. Police believe national security is at risk and that action must be taken before the situation deteriorates further. “
This Sunday thousands of people protested against that law, considering that it would take liberties away from Hong Kong people.
The protest resulted in 180 detainees, according to the Police, for “illegal gathering” and for “causing disorder” public.
Security forces accuse some protesters of “attacking officers with bricks and umbrellas” and “throwing bottles from rooftops”, posing a “serious threat to public security”.
The proposed legislation against which they are protesting will prohibit “any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion” against the central government, in addition to “theft of state secrets and the organization of activities in Hong Kong by foreign political organizations.”
It is currently being debated in the Chinese National People’s Congress (ANP) and will be approved before its conclusion next Thursday.
Controversial Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has shown her full support for the Beijing decision, and a local government spokesman said Sunday that the new law will make Hong Kong “a safer city.”
CONDEMNATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
However, several civil organizations have condemned the measure that Beijing plans, considering that it will limit the freedoms of Hong Kong people.
The NGO Human Rights Watch said in a statement that this law threatens “the basic rights of Hong Kong people” and uses “vague terms frequently used by the Chinese government to curb dissent.”
“Hong Kong people will have to take into account arrests and legal punishments for protesting, speaking out and other freedoms that they have enjoyed,” according to the note.
Likewise, the NGO Human Rights Defenders in China asks Beijing to reverse its decision because it “would eliminate any difference” between the semi-autonomous territory and mainland China.
“The Chinese government must stop violating the Basic Law (the Hong Kong mini-constitution) and ensure that the rights of Hong Kong people are respected. The international community must take action in this regard,” he said in his statement.
For its part, Human Rights in China (HRIC) said in another statement that the international community must be aware of the threat posed by “an irresponsible regime that ignores its international commitments.”
The protests in Hong Kong have been going on for several years, although they have increased considerably in recent months and have only suffered a parenthesis due to the outbreak of the pandemic by COVID-19.
Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 after a century and a half of British rule, after London and Beijing signed a joint declaration in 1984 that the United Kingdom renounced its last Asian colony.
The pact established the maintenance for 50 years of a series of freedoms in that territory that are not guaranteed in mainland China.