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China passes controversial HK nat'l security law
Updated: 2020-06-30 17:09:31 KST
China's sweeping national security law for Hong Kong was passed Tuesday with the support of all 162 members of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee.
That's according to multiple reports, some citing a Hong Kong member of the Committee.
The law will allow the Chinese government to punish residents of Hong Kong for actions it considers to be secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference, and according to reports, the maximum sentence could be life.
The details are to be announced by Wednesday morning.
It's expected to come into effect this Wednesday, July 1st, which is the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from its former colonial ruler, UK.
Laws in China usually take two to four months to pass, so this one was approved much more quickly just one month after a draft was introduced.
Hours after it was passed, Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong stepped down as a leader of the democracy group Demosisto for fear of becoming a target.
He tweeted that he hopes the international community will speak up for what he called Hong Kong's last bit of freedom.
Political activists in the country are planning to protest the new law, however, possibly on the first day it takes effect.
Four thousand officers will be on stand-by from Tuesday evening to handle potential demonstrations.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
Reporter : tommyjang@arirang.com