Hong Kong national security law changes, explained

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Chinese authorities on May 28 bypassed Hong Kong's legislature to approve a national security law that threatens the foundations of the city's freedoms and autonomy. This new law, which will be implemented upon promulgation by Hong Kong's government, forbids acts of sedition, secession and subversion of China's central government.

This new Beijing-backed security plan raises concerns, particularly for pro-democracy activists, Chinese dissidents and journalists who could fall victim to greater extralegal persecution.

The new law could allow authorities to push back or silence pro-democracy lawmakers in the region. Reuters reports that on May 28, two pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong were removed from the Legislative Council.

Their removal reportedly happened during a meeting where lawmakers were discussing the first amendment to the new law which would make it a criminal offense to insult the Chinese national anthem.

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VOICEOVER (in English):

"Chinese authorities on May 28 bypassed Hong Kong's legislature to approve a national security law that threatens the foundations of the city's freedoms and autonomy. This new law, which will be implemented upon promulgation by Hong Kong's government, forbids acts of sedition, secession and subversion of China's central government."

"This new Beijing-backed security plan raises concerns, particularly for pro-democracy activists, Chinese dissidents and journalists who could fall victim to greater extralegal persecution."

"The new law could allow authorities to push back or silence pro-democracy lawmakers in the region. In fact, Reuters reports that on May 28, two pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong were removed from the Legislative Council."

"Their removal reportedly happened during a meeting where lawmakers were discussing the first amendment to the new law which would make it a criminal offense to insult the Chinese national anthem."

SOURCES:
South China Morning Post, CNN
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3086076/beijings-new-national-security-law-will-not-harm-hong-kongs
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/22/asia/hong-kong-china-national-security-law-intl-hnk/index.html