It didn’t take long for the new national security law, which was passed by China on June 30, to be enacted for arrests of more than 300 protesters in Hong Kong. Minutes after it was official, several pro-democracy activists quit. It came into effect 23 years after Hong Kong returned to China, as the Communist party kicks off its 100th year.
It may take nine more months for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to learn if she’ll be extradited to the U.S. to face trial on fraud charges, but the discussion about it has recently increased. Earlier this week, Meng had both a former Canadian justice minister and former Supreme Court judge saying the country has the legal authority to give her freedom. A Canadian Senator then made the same case in Parliament.
Chinese activists based in the U.S. found their account suspended after a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre. The video chat company admitted they removed Humanitarian China’s access to comply with “local laws,” but reinstated the account following criticism.
It’s been one year since the current wave of pro-democracy protests started in Hong Kong, and it was marked with flash mobs, a week after a Tiananmen Square anniversary vigil successfully defied a police ban. And while Hong Kong’s last British leader calls China’s agenda for it “Orwellian,” further preparations appear to be well underway.
While the public commemorations in Hong Kong of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing were technically restricted due to COVID-19 congregation regulations, China’s planned security laws threaten the future of the annual event. Residents have been asked to light candles instead, and share their thoughts online.
Hong Kong’s chief administrator Carrie Lam thinks other countries shouldn’t interfere with China’s proposed national security legislation against so-called “terrorist activities.” However, the eruption of new protests, and how police responded to it, made it impossible for others to ignore.