HONG KONG PROTESTERS COULD REACH 1M AMID PASSING OF NATIONAL SECURITY LAWS
The Wall Street Journal’s China Bureau Chief Jonathan Cheng says there could be more than one million protesters on the streets of Hong Kong on the anniversary of 1997 Hong Kong transfer.
Mainland China has officially passed the new national security laws which will be imposed on Hong Kong which cover the issues of secession, subversion, and terrorism.
Mr Cheng said the general content of the bill is widely understood but there is growing confusion about the specific details.
He said the annual July 1 protests in Hong Kong in 2019 were one of the reasons these new laws have been legislated, and while the official Hong Kong ceremony will occur to celebrate the official handover, there will be thousands if not more than a million protesting.
“There is big motivation on the part of many of these people who don’t like the national security bill to get on the street tomorrow”.
However, Mr Cheng told Sky News host Peter Gleeson the bill was passed “precisely to stifle that sort of behaviour and punish that sort of behaviour”.