Politicians dragged away after brawl erupts in Hong Kong's legislature

Politicians dragged away after brawl erupts in Hong Kong's legislature

Politicians dragged away after brawl erupts in Hong Kong's legislature

It is created to guarantee rights and freedoms in the semi-autonomous city.

He said: "We are closely watching what's going on there. How much impact will it unleash onto Hong Kong as an worldwide financial centre?" said Ming Sing, political scientist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Pro-democracy activists believe Beijing is eroding Hong Kong's freedoms.

The move is likely to provoke strong opposition internationally and in Hong Kong, which was a year ago rocked by months of pro-democracy protests.

Mr Pompeo said: "Leading Hong Kong activists like Martin Lee and Jimmy Lai were hauled into court".

Pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan accused security guards at Hong Kong's legislature of "losing their impartiality", after the guards surrounded the bench where the chairperson was seated and prevented pro-democracy lawmakers from getting close.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic swept through Hong Kong.

Beijing's tightening grip over Hong Kong risk putting the city's status as a global financial hub in jeopardy.

Pro-democracy protesters light candles during a vigil outside the Pacific Place shopping mall in the Admiralty area of Hong Kong on May 15, 2020.

The current proposal appears to be even farther-reaching, banning sedition, treason and secession, which Beijing tends to define very broadly, per the BBC.

The issue has been introduced on the NPC agenda, under the title of Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanism of Hong Kong.

Also Monday, 15 pro-democracy figures, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, appeared in court to face charges relating to months of anti-government protests past year sparked by an extradition bill that has since been withdrawn. Pro-democracy observers denounced the maneuvers as illegal and tantamount to a coup, since lawmakers who objected to the proceedings were physically removed from the chamber and prevented from voting.

Some began on Monday as pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong were escorted out of a legislative council after an argument broke out over a bill that would criminalize any display of disrespect toward the Chinese national anthem.

It is administered by a pro-Beijing local government that is appointed, not popularly elected.

Protesters are calling for a city-wide demonstration on that day.

"The social unrest a year ago showed that the Hong Kong government was unable to handle passing [national security legislation] on its own", Ng said, according to the Post.

It is nearly certain to do so, both in Hong Kong and overseas.

Hong Kong has its own national football team, but not its own anthem - so the Chinese one is played before games.

USA lawmakers were also swift to denounce the plan.

The statement confirmed what three people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters, potentially sparking fresh anti-China protests in the freewheeling former British colony, which enjoys many freedoms not allowed on the mainland. "Now, it's attempting to take control over the people of [Hong Kong]", Sen.

Reports of Beijing's decision come as Hong Kong's delegates to China's political advisory body and deputies to its legislature are meeting in Beijing for the annual sessions, which were postponed from the usual March starting date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"If the national security legislation is not done during the annual session of the National People's Congress or shortly afterwards, is there any guarantee that it can be passed by the [Legislative Council] in the next two years?" the source wondered.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), responding to Beijing's announcement, said he will introduce a resolution to the Senate later today to stop "this attempted crackdown [and] call on all free nations to stand with Hong Kong".

Media captionWhy were Hong Kong fans booing their anthem?

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