Connect with us


Hong Kong residents protesters of new national security law arrested



PHOTO: Al Jezeera

Hong Kong residents protesting China’s new national security law found themselves arrested for unlawful assembly after fights broke out.  Yesterday’s protest was largely supposed to be silent but ended with armed riot police arresting 53 people and using pepper spray on parts of the crowd after chanting and slogans were shouted towards them.

Such arrests may be an indication of the future protest landscape in Hong Kong, according to critics of the new law which the government says only targets those with extremist views. However, many people aren’t buying the law’s reasoning as they say it could further erode Hong Kong’s autonomy which was promised by the mainland when Britain handed the territory back in 1997.

“The governments wants to shut us up and to kick us out,” according to 44 year old protester Roy Chan.

“We must stand up and strike down all those people who deprive Hong Kong people’s freedom.”

Hong Kong residents protesters of new national security law arrested | News by Thaiger

The protesters were charged with unlawful assembly as police refused to allow the annual march that is normally held on July 1 to mark the 1997 handover of Hong Kong. The reasoning for the refusal was due to the ban on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic, but critics say the real reason is due to the recent law causing many to call out the government for potentially squashing their freedoms.

The law, according to Chinese officials, is supposed to only target a small group of people who display separatism, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong.

Chinese state media reported that lawmakers almost “overwhelmingly supported the draft”. The Chinese government has “unshakable determination to push ahead with enactment of the security bill and safeguard national sovereignty and interest,” state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing a government spokesperson.

The news comes after a vlogger had to delete the video of a local artist mocking the national anthem over fears that the documentary would not be allowed to air in Hong Kong.  The decision not to air the material in the documentary came after China imposed a law that banned using the national anthem in a derogatory way, or in other words, mocking or changing the words in the song.

Read more: Hong Kong documentary sees scene removed after new law

SOURCE: Reuters


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

My name is Anukul, I a writer for the Thaiger, I specialise in translation articles and social media, and assisting with our video production. I previously worked at Phuket Gazette and attended BIS international school in Phuket.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime2 hours ago

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed at New York lecture

Transport7 hours ago

Daily trains begin between Malaysian border and Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Virologist predicts most of Thailand will have had Covid by 2023

Sponsored2 days ago

BKFC THAILAND 3: Moment of truth set for September 3

Transport9 hours ago

Bangkok gets 20 new electric buses next week

Crime9 hours ago

Armed robber escapes with gold worth 800,000 baht in Thailand

This is Thailand11 hours ago

Similarity of Mothers Around the World | Thai Mother’s Day 2022

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime11 hours ago

Foreigner faces prison for Parrotfishing in Thailand

Bangkok12 hours ago

Woman escapes death after car hit by fallen debris in Bangkok

Crime13 hours ago

Thai paramilitary ranger kills two, injures one after row in bar

Indonesia14 hours ago

Unexplained plane mysteriously sitting in a field in Bali

Cannabis14 hours ago

Thailand getting high on cannabis boost to tourist economy

Politics15 hours ago

Anupong says he will leave government with PM Prayut & Prawit

Tourism16 hours ago

Thailand’s economy grows but it still misses China’s cash

Thailand16 hours ago

Bars and clubs in Thailand proposed to open until 4.00 am | GMT

Bangkok16 hours ago

Three bars shut down in Bangkok lacking licenses, Covid safety

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11