How Beijing’s National Security Crackdown Transformed Hong Kong in a Single Month

WorldNews Tuesday, 4 August 2020
How Beijing’s National Security Crackdown Transformed Hong Kong in a Single MonthAfter Beijing enacted a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong, the city’s leader tried to allay fears of a broad crackdown on dissent by promising the measure would affect only a very small minority of people. But throughout July, the first full month under the new legislation, the measure featured prominently in a sustained effort to quell political upheaval in the enclave, while also ushering in a transformative climate of fear and uncertainty. The law’s provisions — which punish crimes related to secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces — have been used as grounds for disqualifying political candidates, arresting students over...

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