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Hong Kong makes first arrests after passing new National Security law

by Ayodeji Onibalusi
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Authorities in Hong Kong have announced their first arrest after the passing of a controversial security bill that grants China powers to arrest dissidents, terrorists and “state enemies” in Hong Kong to mainland China, OYOGist.com has gathered.

The arrest, which was made by Hong Kong Police, was announced on Twitter, Wednesday, marking the first of such arrest since passing of the Security Bill on Monday.

“#BREAKING: 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 Hong Kong Police Force announced on Twitter, on the 1st of July, 2020.

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The Security Law proscribes a minimum sentence of 3 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison to anyone found guilty.

The National Security Law has been broadly criticized by leaders around the world, who expressed worry that the law would undermine the autonomy of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997 by the British powers, granting the sovereignty of the semi-autonomous state to China.

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