China passes controversial nationwide safety legislation for Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Hong Kong media are reporting that China has authorised a contentious legislation that may permit authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist exercise in Hong Kong, sparking fears that it could be used to curb opposition voices within the semi-autonomous territory.

The South China Morning Submit newspaper and public broadcaster RTHK, each citing unnamed sources, mentioned that the Standing Committee of the Nationwide Individuals’s Congress voted unanimously to approve a nationwide safety legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday.

There was no official affirmation from the central authorities in Beijing or Hong Kong officers.

Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam declined to touch upon the nationwide safety legislation at a weekly assembly with reporters, saying it was “inappropriate” for her to take action whereas the Standing Committee assembly was nonetheless in progress.

The laws is aimed toward curbing subversive, secessionist and terrorist actions, in addition to international intervention within the metropolis’s affairs. It follows months of anti-government protests that at instances descended into violence in Hong Kong final 12 months.

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