HONG KONG | The chinese project of security law in Hong Kong does “only a handful of offenders,” said Tuesday the head of the local executive, Carrie Lam, in an effort to reassure foreign investors worried about freedoms in the former british colony.
The central power of china, filed on Friday in front of the Parliament a text which is very controversial to prohibit “treason, secession, sedition and subversion” in Hong Kong, which has again put the fire to the powder in the semi-autonomous region, as Beijing has asked Sunday his application “without delay”.
Response of Beijing after months of mass demonstrations and often violent in 2019 in Hong Kong, it is also a response to the inability of local authorities to adopt this text, which had already led in the past to a lifting of shields on the territory.
Number of hong Kong people see this law as the most serious violation to date against the principle of “One country, two systems,” meant to guarantee Hong Kong until 2047 freedoms unknown elsewhere in China.
A concern shared by some in western capitals and by foreign investors, as was shown Friday, the stall of the stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the strongest in five years.
“No reason to panic”
Ms. Lam, at the head of an executive completely aligned with Beijing, held on Tuesday “totally baseless” concerns about freedoms in hong kong.
“The freedoms of Hong Kong will be preserved, and its dynamism, its core values in terms of the rule of law, independence of justice and freedoms will continue to be there,” said the leader to journalists.
The bill, she added, “can only target a handful of offenders, and protects the vast majority of residents who respect the law and love peace”.
Words that are similar to those held the previous day by the highest representative of China in Hong Kong, Xie Feng, who claimed to diplomats and foreign entrepreneurs that there was “absolutely no reason to panic” in the face of a law aimed at “the violent forces and terrorists”.
Hong Kong has experienced from June to December in its worst political crisis since its handover in 1997, with a challenge without precedent of the guardianship, chinese, and interference from Beijing. This movement has been punctuated by violent clashes with the riot squads.
Law on the national anthem
Beijing has never ceased to present this dispute as a conspiracy supported by foreign countries to destabilize the nation. The prodémocraties claimed that the street was the only way to be heard in the absence of universal suffrage.
While the protest was marked by the not because of the coronavirus, thousands of people have again demonstrated Sunday in response to the draft security law.
The exact wording is not known, but the chinese Parliament had unveiled the main lines last week. He will be examined Thursday in Beijing, for an entry into force as possible this summer.
One point of concern is the provision that would allow chinese policemen to operate in Hong Kong, including the judiciary, however, is supposed to be independent.
Many see it as a risk of repression against the dissent, the laws against subversion are frequently used in China against critics of the regime.
Asked by a journalist to say if the chinese policemen could arrest protesters in Hong Kong, Ms. Lam has swept Tuesday the issue by seeing a view of the”imagination”.
She added that the anti-government protests would continue to be permitted if they “are legal”.
“Unleash Hong Kong, the revolution of our time”, had in the year 2019 was the rallying cry of protesters, who fear now that such a slogan will not be liable to prosecution.
In spite of the prohibitions of the assembly, the new mobilisations are to be expected in the days to come.
On Wednesday, the legislative Council (LegCo), the local Parliament, shall examine another draft law criminalizing any insult to the chinese anthem.
The police has already strengthened protection around this complex which was in June 2019, the starting point of the dispute.