Hong Kong will “vigorously enforce” the law on the national security

Hong Kong va «vigoureusement appliquer» la loi sur la sécurité nationale

HONG KONG | The head of the executive in hong kong has defended Tuesday the new chinese law on security, that it is committed to ” apply vigorously “, believing that it would restore the stability in the territory.

Speaking at a press conference, a week after Beijing has imposed this law to the territory’s semi-autonomous, Carrie Lam proved to be both reassuring and threatening.

“The Hong Kong government will enforce vigorously the law,” she hammered, with a warning to activists “radicals” against ” crossing the red line “.

“The consequences of a violation of this law are very serious “, emphasized the head of the executive.

It has, however, denied the allegations that this law threatens the freedoms enjoyed by the approximately 7.5 million of hong Kong people, referring to them as “sophistry” comments about it.

This legislative text ” is certainly not as dark as it seems to Hong Kong “, has launched.

“I am certain that with time… the trust will be greater” both in the principle of ” One country, two Systems “, which is supposed to guarantee freedom and autonomy unknown in mainland China, as well as for “the future of Hong Kong,” she added.

The national security act, imposed on 30 June by the chinese regime, is turning more radical to Hong Kong since its handover by the Uk to China in 1997.

Until the last moment, Beijing has kept secret the content of the law to punish the subversion, secession, terrorism and the collusion with foreign forces.

It is a response to the protest movement unprecedented since 1997 appeared a year ago.

Last week, in a few hours, a climate of fear has descended on the city, the law criminalizing the act of calling for independence or greater autonomy for Hong Kong.

Number of inhabitants have cleared the computer traces of their commitment to pro-democracy while the government was ordered on Monday to schools to remove books that may be in violation of the text.

Books writings by figures in the pro-democracy movement in hong kong have also begun to disappear from libraries in the city.

Ms. Lam has dismissed these concerns, claiming that the act was designed to protect the liberties of the majority of the population.

“I have not noticed, last week, a widespread fear among the inhabitants of Hong Kong,” she said.

This press conference was held a few hours after the government unveiled a document that greatly expands the powers of security police in hong kong under the new law.

The police may search without having a warrant if they believe national security is the subject of a threat is ” imminent “.

The chief of police has also been given the power to control and remove any information online if there are “reasonable grounds” for believing that it violates the national security act.

The police with extensive powers of surveillance

Under the new law on national security, the powers of the police in hong kong in the area of safety have been significantly expanded Monday in the area of surveillance.

The police may search without a warrant if they believe there is a threat of “imminent” to the national security.

The announcement comes as Facebook, Google and Twitter have confirmed that they would no longer to requests for information on their users from the government and the authorities in Hong Kong, by respect for freedom of expression.

This new provision, which was unveiled Monday night in a document of 116 pages, removes a large part of the judicial review, which up to now allowed to frame the powers of the police in terms of surveillance.

The chief of police has also been given the power to control and remove on the internet any information whether there are “reasonable grounds” for believing that it violates the national security act.

The police may order the undertakings of the sector, and the internet service providers to remove any information and seize all their equipment.

In the case where they refuse to run, they would be subject to fines and a sentence of up to one year in prison.

The companies are also required to provide records of identification, as well as assistance to enable it to decrypt data.

According to the document made public, the head of the executive Carrie Lam was granted broad powers in the field of security surveillance, such as intercepting communications.

The chief of police may request organizations in international policy – including the taiwanese – to provide information on their activities in Hong Kong, including personal data, their sources of income and their expenses.

The new law makes illegal certain political views such as support for independence or for greater autonomy of the territory.

According to lawyers, these new surveillance powers are broad and lack of control.

“The new provisions are frightening, because they provide powers to the police forces that are normally monitored by the judiciary,” said the lawyer Anson Wong Yu-yat daily hong kong South China Morning Post.

The national security act, imposed on 30 June by the chinese regime, is turning more radical to Hong Kong since its handover by the Uk to China in 1997.

It aims to crack down on subversion, secession, terrorism and the collusion with foreign forces.

The head of the executive in hong kong has defended Tuesday the new chinese law, she is committed to ” apply vigorously “, believing that it would restore the stability in the territory.

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