Hong Kong security law: China passes controversial legislation

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China has passed a controversial security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong, deepening fears for the city’s freedoms.

It is set to criminalise secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces, but will also effectively curtail protests and freedom of speech.

The move follows increasing unrest and a widening pro-democracy movement. Veteran activists have already said they will march on Wednesday, despite the risk of arrest under the new law.

But the Demosisto pro-democracy organisation, spearheaded by one of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists, Joshua Wong, announced on Facebook on Tuesday it was ceasing all operations. Mr Wong had earlier said he was leaving the group.

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