Thursday, March 5, 2015   

Macau unveils proposed national security bill
(10-22 17:55)

Macau unveiled a proposed national security bill favored by Beijing, putting forward measures on Wednesday similar to those that prompted half a million people to protest in Hong Kong five years ago.

On Wednesday, Macau outlined proposals that ban treason, attempts to overthrow the Chinese government and theft of national secrets. The proposed offenses carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail.

Macau leader Edmund Ho said at a press conference on Wednesday that the bill targets ''serious criminal behavior'' and won't limit protests or criticism of Beijing.

''Chanting a few slogans, writing a few articles criticizing the central government or the Macau government _ these activities won't be regulated by this proposed law,'' Ho told reporters.

The bill is open to public comme   
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