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Hundreds Arrested in Hong Kong as New Security Law Sparks Protests

Police in Hong Kong said more than 300 people were arrested on July 1 for offenses during what they said were “illegal assemblies”. The arrests included nine people charged in relation to a controversial new national security law imposed by Beijing. Footage recorded by Teele Rebane shows protesters marching down Cannon Street, as well as police surrounding an individual being held down on the ground. The new security law contains anti-protest measures, as well as penalties for acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with foreign forces. Offenses under the law carry a maximum life sentence. Police posted photos linked to what they said were the first two arrests made under the new law, one showing a man next to a Hong Kong Independence flag, and another showing a homemade banner with the Union Jack and the US flag on it. The UK’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, was quoted in The Times as saying the new law constituted “a clear violation of the autonomy of Hong Kong, and a direct threat to the freedoms of its people, and it is a clear and serious violation of the Joint Declaration, a treaty between the United Kingdom and China.” Credit: Teele Rebane via Storyful
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