Hong Kongers march in silent protest against national security laws – Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police arrested at least 53 people on Sunday after scuffles emerged throughout a relatively serene protest against planned nationwide security legislation to be carried out by the mainland Chinese federal government. Riot police ask people to delegate avoid mass gathering throughout a demonstration against the looming nationwide security legislation in Hong Kong, China June 28, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone SiuArmed riot cops existed as a crowd of several hundred moved from Jordan to Mong Kok in the Kowloon district, staging what was planned as a “quiet demonstration” against the scheduled law. Nevertheless, chanting and mottos were screamed towards authorities and later scuffles broke out in Mong Kok, triggering police to utilize pepper spray to subdue parts of the crowd. Hong Kong Police stated on Facebook that 53 individuals had actually been apprehended and charged with illegal assembly, including that earlier some protesters attempted to blockade roads in the area. The suggested nationwide security law has actually raised concerns amongst Hong Kong democracy activists and some foreign governments that Beijing is more wearing down the comprehensive autonomy promised when Britain handed the area back to China in 1997. “The governments wishes to shut us up and to kick us out,” one protester, Roy Chan, 44, said. “We need to stand up and overrule all those individuals who deny Hong Kong individualss freedom.” Sundays occasion came a day after Hong Kong police refused authorization for a yearly march normally held on July 1 to mark the 1997 handover, citing a restriction on big events amidst the coronavirus pandemic. China has stated the brand-new security law will target just a little group of nuisances as it takes on separatism, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong. Chinas National Peoples Congress Standing Committee examined a draft of the bill on Sunday. Chinese state media reported that legislators extremely supported the draft. The Chinese government has “unwavering determination to push ahead with enactment of the security costs and protect national sovereignty and interest,” state broadcaster CCTV reported, pointing out a government spokesperson. Reporting by Scott Murdoch; Additional reporting by Jessie Pang, Tyrone Siu and Joyce Zhou; Editing by Christopher Cushing, Tom Hogue, Frances Kerry and Peter GraffOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.