Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is in favor of the security law proposed by Beijing. Once the controversial law is passed at the session of the Chinese Parliament, local authorities will help implement the law as soon as possible. Lam reports this on Friday.
The law prohibits subversive activities, terrorism, the pursuit of independence and foreign interference. The plan was announced in Beijing on Thursday at the annual session of the National People’s Congress, to which the law is also being submitted.
According to Lam, the law is positive for the security, prosperity and stability in Hong Kong. The regional leader says that the current rights and freedoms of the people continue to exist and that the legal system remains independent. However, the Hong Kong pro-Democrats see the future less brightly.
Although Beijing believes that the security law favors the so-called ‘one country, two systems’ principle, which refers to the agreements stating that Hong Kong will be an autonomous part of China until 2047, critics say the law is damaging independence from Hong Kong.
No success with similar proposal in 2003
A similar bill in Hong Kong ended up indefinitely in 2003 after a major demonstration involving half a million participants took place. Lam supports the Beijing proposal because of the unrest that the region has been dealing with for a long time.
Violent protests began about a year ago over a now withdrawn extradition bill. These protests regularly ended in fierce confrontations with the police. Although the coronavirus has been relatively quiet lately, tensions have risen again in recent weeks.
Lam argues that the situation in Hong Kong is getting more and more serious, while it is very difficult to pass a security law in the Hong Kong parliament. According to Lam, national security legislation falls under the competence of the central government in Beijing.