A new controversial national security law for Hong Kong was passed by Chinese lawmakers on June 30.
The law, details of which were only recently released, is aimed at prohibiting subversion of state power, secession, terrorism activities and foreign interference. It names offenses such as separatism, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign countries and people convicted of these crimes can face sentences of up to life imprisonment.
Police are active in Hong Kong, tempering signs of protest and dissent and one man was reportedly arrested for displaying a Hong Kong flag during demonstrations.
Many citizens are deleting social media accounts and taking down political posters now that the law is in effect, afraid of repercussions of speaking publicly about politics or their opinions.
Critics say the law will be used to target activists and journalists and will undo Hong Kong's autonomy that it has held since 1997.
China pumped billions of dollars into Hong Kong to win over the support of Hong Kong's business world, according to The New York Times.
On May 29, President Donald Trump declared Hong Kong was no longer autonomous due to China’s security law, and that therefore it no longer warrants the “special treatment” it had been getting. Trump mentioned a number of changes, including ones to the existing extradition treaty, export controls, travel advisories, and more.
Notably, the trade deal with China has been kept intact so far.
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