Chris Patten says law will produce chaos

Local | 30 Jun 2020 10:17 am

The national security law for Hong Kong goes further toward revising the “One Country, Two Systems” framework designed to protect Hong Kong’s liberal institutions and Common Law legal system.

The legislation will let Chinese security agents operate in Hong Kong, allow China to prosecute some cases and give Chief Executive Carrie Lam the power to select judges to hear national security matters.

“You have in Hong Kong the Common Law system and imposing on it what passes as the law in China will produce chaos which will be intolerable for the people of Hong Kong and eventually will be intolerable for business, as well,” Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last colonial governor, told Bloomberg Television on Monday. “Hong Kong represents all those aspects of liberal democracy which Xi Jinping so hates.”

Chinese officials have said the law is necessary to ensure peace following last year’s chaos, which included vandalism of subway stations, regular use of Molotov cocktails and a brief occupation of Hong Kong’s international airport. China has also said that only an “extremely small” number of people will be affected by the law.

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