China Proposes New Law That Could Ban Treason and Sedition in Hong Kong in Wake of Massive Protests

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A brand new safety legislation that might ban treason, sedition and secession in Hong Kong is being thought of in China.

The legislation was proposed throughout the preparatory assembly for the third session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC). Titled Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanism of Hong Kong, the measure might be debated when the session begins on Friday, after a postponement due to coronavirus lockdowns.

According to the South China Morning Post, the NPC is predicted to vote on the legislation by the top of the annual classes, which is predicted to happen May 28. Following the vote, the legislation might be forwarded to the NPC’s Standing Committee to plan out additional particulars.

During a Thursday press convention, NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui stated, “Because of new circumstances and need, the NPC is exercising the power enshrined in the constitution to establish and improve a legal framework and mechanism for safeguarding national security and upholding the institutional framework for ‘one country, two systems.'”

He continued, “Hong Kong is an inseparable part of the People’s Republic of China. The National People’s Congress is the country’s highest organ of state power. National security is the bedrock underpinning the stability of the country. Safeguarding national security serves the fundamental interest of all Chinese, and Hong Kong patriots included.”

China Proposes New Law That Could Ban Treason and Sedition in Hong Kong in Wake of Massive Protests
In Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, National People’s Congress spokesman Zhang Yesui solutions the questions throughout a video press convention on May 21. Andrea Verdelli/Getty

In 2003, the Hong Kong tried to move an identical sedition legislation, however mass protests from its residents led to the measure being dropped. By proposing the legislation throughout the NPC classes, China may bypass native laws in Hong Kong and power the measure into the territory’s Basic Law, which covers nationwide legal guidelines that should be noticed in Hong Kong, in response to the BBC.

The proposed legislation comes after Hong Kong residents took half in huge protests towards an identical invoice. Demonstrators got here out final October towards a proposed extradition invoice that may have allowed authorities to detain and extradite criminals wished in territories equivalent to Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Protests in Hong Kong decreased after the invoice was dropped and territories throughout China have been compelled into lockdowns due to the novel coronavirus.

The new proposal is more likely to spark extra protests. Some started on Monday as pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong have been escorted out of a legislative council after an argument broke out over a invoice that may criminalize any show of disrespect towards the Chinese nationwide anthem.

“If Hong Kong was a democracy, we would not need to start scuffles like this,” Eddie Chu, one of many lawmakers carried out, instructed the BBC. “Unfortunately, we are forced into this situation. I can foresee more fights within the chamber and outside the chamber.”

Prior to departing from the White House on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump responded to the proposed legislation in China, and said that whether it is handed, the U.S. will “address that issue very strongly.”

4/21/20, 1:26 p.m.: This story has been up to date to incorporate feedback from President Donald Trump on the matter.