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Democracy activists' books disappear from Hong Kong libraries after new law
Democracy activists' books disappear from Hong Kong libraries after new law
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Books written by prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures, including Joshua Wong and lawmaker Tanya Chan, have started to disappear from the Chinese-ruled city’s public libraries. According to Reuters, the books are being reviewed to see whether or not they violate a new national security law.

On Twitter, Joshua Wong wrote "Less than a week after #NationalSecurityLaw has been put in place, #Hongkong's public libraries started to put books under review and suspend them from lending, including two of mine published in 2013 and 2015.".

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Canada suspends extraditions to Hong Kong
Canada suspends extraditions to Hong Kong
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the suspension of the Extradition Treaty between Hong Kong and Canada. This follows after China imposed the new security legislation onto Hong Kong. He stated that "we are also looking at additional measures, including around immigration". Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has also criticized Chinas as according to him the new security law "is a significant step back in terms of freedom and liberty".

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Pro-democracy activist Nathan Law flees from Hong Kong
Pro-democracy activist Nathan Law flees from Hong Kong
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One of the leading pro-democracy activists and former member of the Hong Kong parliament Nathan Law has left Hong Kong. He stated on his Facebook pages that is currently at an undisclosed location and intends to continue his activism from there, as the new security law in Hong Kong brought up new concerns for his freedom and safety. In 2014 Law had been one of the main organizers of the umbrella protests and since then been in the focus of the authorities.

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House of the United States pass sanctions against China over Hong Kong security law
House of the United States pass sanctions against China over Hong Kong security law
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In a unanimous vote the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill sanctioning banks that are in business with Chinese officials responsible for the national security law and action against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that "The law is a brutal, sweeping crackdown against the people of Hong Kong, intended to destroy the freedoms they were promised".

The bill is pending Senate approval and the signature of President Donald Trump.

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370 people arrested in Hong Kong after protests erupt despite police ban
370 people arrested in Hong Kong after protests erupt despite police ban
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The Hong Kong police have arrested 370 people during protests on Wednesday were detained for alleged "unauthorised assemblies, disorderly conduct, possession of offensive weaponry and other related offences". Ten of these were arrested for breach of the new national security law that has been effective since Wednesday.

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Boris Johnson confirms that the UK will open path to citizenship for Hong Kong citizens
Boris Johnson confirms that the UK will open path to citizenship for Hong Kong citizens
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Following up on previously made considerations, the prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has announced that his country will extend the rights of Hong Kong citizens to live and work in the Kingdom, following the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong. Johnson called this a "clear and serious breach" of the Sino-British joint declaration with Britain that China has made over Hong Kong. Holders of the British National (Overseas) passport will be granted "limited leave to remain with the ability to live and work in the UK and thereafter to apply for citizenship and that is precisely what we will do now", according to Johnson.

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Hong Kong arrests first protester defying new security law
Hong Kong arrests first protester defying new security law
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The Hong Kong police have arrested the first protester after the new national security law had been passed. The man has been standing in Causeway Bay with a flag titling "Hong Kong Independence". Thousands of Hong Kongers have defied the police ban and went to the streets chanting slogans and protesting the new security law as the ban of the annual July 1 pro-democracy protests has been upheld by the police.

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China passes Hong Kong security law that enables life long imprisonment
Gathering outside the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre in solidarity with the demonstrators who were arrested and detained during the demonstrations. in September 2019
Gathering outside the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre in solidarity with the demonstrators who were arrested and detained during the demonstrations. in September 2019 Credit: 立場新聞 [Copyrighted free use or Copyrighted free use]

Beijing has passed the new Hong Kong security law shortly before it was published and put into effect on July 1st. The new law faced heavy protests in Hong Kong and cities around the world. According to the text of the legislature, people can get punished with a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of a lifetime in prison for actors of secession, subversion, terrorism or for the collusion with foreign forces. In addition arson or vandalism with a political intent to intimidate the Hong Kong or Chinese government will be counted as terrorism under the new law.

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Taiwan has announced plans to open an office for Hongkongers that flee to Taiwan
Chen Ming-tong
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Taiwan has announced that the country will cover "necessary expenses" for people that flee from Hong Kong for "political reasons" for example because their freedom and safety are threatened due to the new security laws. Chen Ming-tong, chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council has stated that "In the past the NGOs were basically doing that but now the government will stand up and finance the expense".

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Japan declined to condemn China for Hong Kong law
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping Credit: 内閣官房内閣広報室 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Japan has declined to join Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States in issuing a statement condemned China for imposing a new security law on Hong Kong.

The statement condemned China on May 28 for pushing a law that would threaten freedom and breach a 1984 Sino-British agreement on the autonomy of the former colony.

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Hong Kong criminalizes insult of Chinese national anthem
Sheet music of the National Anthem of the People's Republic of China, the March of the Volunteers
Sheet music of the National Anthem of the People's Republic of China, the March of the Volunteers Credit: Nie Er / Public domain

Hong Kong's Legislative Council has passed a resolution that everyone who alters the Chinese national anthem "March of the Volunteers" can be fined for up to HK$50,000 and be sentenced for up to three years in prison. The law was passed by a majority of pro-China lawmakers, with the Democrats trying to stall the process and refusing to take part in the voting process.

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Boris Johnson announces that Hong Kongers will be able the become citizens of the UK
Boris Johnson
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The British Prime Minister has announced that the new security law imposed by China on Hong Kong "would curtail freedoms and dramatically erode its autonomy" and that the United Kingdom, in case that the law passes, will make "one of the biggest changes in our visa system in British history" in order to enable holders of the British National (Overseas) passports longer stays without a visa and easier access on the path to citizenship.

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United Kingdom announces that it'll extend visa rights for British overseas citizens in Hong Kong

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced that holders of the British national overseas passport in Hong Kong will get extended visa rights for the United Kingdom, in case China puts extended security laws in place as intended. According to him the visitation rights without a needed visa will be extended from six to twelve months which then can lead to a future citizenship, but details are still to be planned.