Hong Kong: Demonstrations and clashes continue after hundreds arrested

27 мая 2020 г. 18:49

Hundreds of protesters continued demonstrating their disdain for the planned law to make insulting China's national anthem a crime in Hong Kong late on Wednesday night, even after hundreds were arrested earlier in the afternoon. Arrests exceeded 200 during the day while heavy-handed police shot pepper balls in Hong Kong's business district, but that didn't stop hundreds of demonstrators continuing late into the night. The protesters had been speaking out against a move to criminalise insulting China's national anthem, which would become punishable by a fine of up to HK$50,000 (US$6,450, €5,870) and three years in jail. Furthermore, thousands took to the street on Sunday to protest Beijing's planned national security legislation, which would criminalise «splittism, subversion, terrorism, any behaviour that gravely threatens national security and foreign interference,» according to a draft issued by China's legislature. Last year, Hong Kong saw the largest protest movement in its history, which started with opposition to a now-scrapped plan to allow extradition to mainland China before evolving into an overall anti-government demonstration. The protests halted during the coronavirus lockdown but have picked up again as soon as the measures were relaxed.

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