The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has begun its enforcement of its new national security law in Hong Kong which removes any autonomy the territory had and allows them to dispose of any anti-Beijing protestors.
On Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping signed into a law a bill banning acts of sedition, subversion, and terrorism, a bill passed by China’s top legislative body by a vote of 162-0. Violating the new law could result in a sentence of life in prison.
In response, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong which resulted in dozens of arrests as citizens felt their freedoms slip away.
“Hundreds turned out to protest the legislation in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay but were met with a heavy security presence,” one media outlet reported. “Riot police fired pepper spray into the crowd, kettled and dispersed protesters, and deployed water cannons.”
The Hong Kong Police Force touted the first arrests under the new laws, tweeting out photographs and writing: “A man was arrested for holding a #HKIndependence flag in #CausewayBay, Hong Kong, violating the #NationalSecurityLaw. This is the first arrest made since the law has come into force.”
The man who was arrested appears to have simply been carrying a flag that stated: “Hong Kong Independence.”
The Hong Kong Police Force later announced a second arrest writing, “#HKPolice will take resolute enforcement action in accordance with #NSL.”
The new security law according to the New York Times comes with the formation of “A new Committee for Safeguarding National Security will be authorized to operate in total secrecy and be shielded from legal challenges. Its officials will be given the task of scrutinizing schools, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, news companies, and foreigners living in Hong Kong and abroad.”
Numerous U.S. officials spoke out against the new Chinese law, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who wrote on Twitter: “The CCP’s draconian national security law ends free Hong Kong and exposes the Party’s greatest fear: the free will and free thinking of its own people.”
Pompeo also spoke out against China’s power grab in a statement shortly before reports of the bill’s approval.
“If China wants to regain the trust of Hong Kongers and the international community, it should honor the promises it made to the Hong Kong people and to the United Kingdom in the U.N.-registered 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration,” Pompeo’s statement read.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted: “More disastrous steps by Beijing to tighten their grip on Hong Kong. Congress and the Administration have taken strong steps to stand with Hong Kong. We need to keep it up and friends of democracy around the world should join us.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted: “The brutal purpose of Beijing’s so-called ‘national security’ law is to frighten, intimidate & suppress the speech of Hong Kongers. All freedom-loving people must come together to condemn this law, which signals the death of the “one country, two systems” principle.”
Pelosi’s tweet is filled with irony as she has supported the radical left who is now more than ever calling for a communist system like China’s to be implemented in the United States.
While the Dems continue to push for more government control, Hong Kong under the new national security law is the perfect example of what would happen if the American left were to succeed in producing their vision.
Hong Kong’s annual Democracy march was banned for the first time this year since the British handed rule back in 1997. Authorities claimed the coronavirus was the reason for cancelling the march.