Thursday, July 30, marked one month since China imposed a new national-security law on Hong Kong.
A lot has happened in a very short time.
Vocal activists fled to safety abroad, political organizations disbanded, and pro-democracy candidates were banned from running in September’s legislative election (which was also postponed on Friday).
But pro-democracy activists have vowed to fight on, with some finding new ways to protest without falling afoul of the law, and others planning a parliament in exile.
Elsewhere, China and Britain have exchanged barbs after the UK promised to give 3 million Hong Kongers a path to citizenship.
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Thursday, July 30, marked one month since China’s new national security law came into force in Hong Kong.
From June 30, China has wielded the power to define and punish “separatism, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference” in the city as it sees fit.
This means that anti-China sentiment — be it waving banners, attending protests, posting on social media, or calling for foreign intervention — is no longer tolerated.
The law effectively marks the end of Hong Kong’s political autonomy from the mainland. The crackdown has been swift and often violent, but pro-democracy activists haven’t lost all hope.
Here’s what’s happened in the month since.
Political groups disbanded as activists fled to safety
Shortly after the law came into force, four major pro-democracy figures — Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Nathan Law, and Jeffrey Ngo — resigned as leaders of the Demosistō organization, fearing that their titles would see them imprisoned.
Hours later, Demosistō said the entire organization was disbanding. The Hong Kong National Front, another significant pro-independence group, disbanded soon after.
Nathan Law, a local politician and co-founder of Demosistō, announced on July 3 that he had fled Hong Kong. He revealed on July 13 that he was living …read more
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