HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam has said foreign interference in her territory is “unbearable”. Defending the security law proposed by China, she said it was necessary to stop terrorism in Hong Kong. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
The law prohibits ‘treason, sedition, rebellion and state destruction’. But Lam claims that there is no provision in the law to curtail the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents.
A total of 186 senior politicians from around the world issued a joint statement on Sunday protesting the law. Politicians in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America have accused China of systematically attacking Hong Kong’s autonomy, rule of law and basic freedoms. The statement was signed by 44 British MPs and 17 members of the US Congress.
Speaking during a weekly press conference, Lam also claimed that there was a “positive response” from the people about the proposed law. He says the West is unnecessarily interested in Hong Kong’s internal affairs. During the conference, she said she was determined to uphold Hong Kong’s independence and basic values.
The bill is expected to be voted on May 28, the end of the Chinese Communist Party’s annual convention. It is said that it will be implemented at the end of the month immediately after it is passed by the party’s standing committee.
The signatories say Beijing’s plans to open an intelligence office in Hong Kong run counter to an agreement reached between China and Britain when Hong Kong became independent in 1997. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
A few days ago, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo objected to China’s move, saying it would attack Hong Kong’s independence. Similarly, Britain, Australia and Canada have also opposed the Chinese move.
Recently, anti-China protests have intensified in Hong Kong. The long-running movement demanding democracy and the rule of law was halted due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. The Chinese government has said new legislation is needed to prevent and punish future protests.
Pro-democracy leaders won unprecedented success in Hong Kong’s local elections last September. Due to which, Beijing is skeptical about the elections to be held in September. China believes that if such success is repeated, it will be difficult to bring new laws to Hong Kong.