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China moves to enact security law in an effort to quell independence protests in Hong Kong

China moves to enact security law in an effort to quell independence protests in Hong Kong
Posted at 8:34 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 09:34:52-04

HONG KONG — China has officially ratified a plan to write a national security law for Hong Kong, exerting Beijing's broader, new control over the semi-autonomous territory in a bid to prevent a return of the months of often-violent protests last year.

China’s ceremonial legislature approved a decision by the ruling Communist Party to impose national security laws on Hong Kong.

The Beijing-backed Hong Kong government sought to assure its citizens that the law would not infringe on their freedoms.

The pro-democracy opposition described the move as the end of the core values that set the former British colony apart from the rest of China.