Despite the criticism, Beijing strengthens its grip on Hong Kong

En dépit des critiques, Pékin renforce son emprise sur Hong Kong

BEIJING | A hard to govern Hong Kong. Despite the mounting international pressure, Beijing has appointed Friday a manager to grasp for the care of the national security in the former british colony, under a controversial law.

The newly created “Office of national security”, which is directly dependent on the central power, has the task to collect information and prosecute crimes against the security of the State in Hong Kong.

It is one of the provisions stipulated by the controversial legislation that Beijing has put in force on Tuesday.

Zheng Yanxiong, 56 years, is the head of this organization, on Friday announced the State media.

“This is a hard one to cook, a man of law and order”, ensures the AFP political scientist Willy Lam, an expert on China at the chinese University of Hong Kong.

The man has made a career in Guangdong, the province that borders Hong Kong. Mr. Zheng is best known for having mate the protest of Wukan in 2011.

The village became famous when its inhabitants were raised to hunt the caciques premises of the chinese communist Party (CCP) that they accused of enriching themselves at their expense by seizing their lands.

Household on the internet

The communist regime was imposed Tuesday on the ex-british colony to a text which is very controversial in that it violates, according to its critics, the principle of “One country, two systems,” meant to guarantee Hong Kong’s freedoms unknown elsewhere in China.

Until the last moment, Beijing has kept secret the content of the law to punish the subversion, secession, terrorism and the collusion with the foreign forces, in response to the protest movement launched last year against the central power.

A large number of jurists have warned against the formulation very vague, a text that, in lending itself to myriad interpretations, encourages self-censorship.

The new law makes blow a wind of panic among some in hong Kong, which since Tuesday erase all traces of their commitment to pro-democracy on the social networks.

“I’ve changed my profile name, and adopted a private account so that my employer can’t see my publications as it may deem anti-china, or in violation of the law on national security”, explains under the cover of anonymity to the AFP an employee of a large company, the direction of which is according to him “pro-Beijing”.

Leaders and banks in the viewfinder

In Hong Kong, the authorities seem to want to sink the nail.

For the first time since the enactment of the law, a man of twenty years, was indicted Friday for “inciting secession” and “terrorism”.

And fearing for his safety, Nathan Law, one of the young activists the most prominent of the dispute of last year, announced on Thursday to have fled abroad.

“Given the risks, I will not reveal not too much about the place where I find myself and my personal situation”, he informed in a short message.

Canada announced on Friday that it was suspending its treaty of extradition with Hong Kong as well as its exports of military equipment “sensitive”.

“Canada strongly believes in the principle of one country, two systems,” meant to guarantee Hong Kong’s freedoms unknown elsewhere in China, said the prime minister Justin Trudeau at a press briefing. “We are very concerned about the situation in Hong Kong,” he added.

The High Commissioner for human rights (OHCHR), the united nations is also concerned. “We are alarmed by the fact that arrests are already made under the law, so that there is no complete information on the scope and definition of crimes” covered by the act, said the spokesperson for the OHCHR, Rupert Colville.

Twenty-seven countries of the Council of human rights of the UN, including France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, have condemned the new law.

In Washington, Congress voted Thursday a law that intends to punish the chinese leadership applying the new rules, and targeting the banks that fund them.

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