Lau Siu-kai confirms law passed overwhelmingly

Local | 30 Jun 2020 1:47 pm

Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of a think-tank under the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, told Reuters the natinal security law for Hong Kong was passed unanimously with 162 votes today.

It is expected to come into force imminently.

The editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a tabloid published by the People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party, said on Twitter the heaviest penalty under the law was life imprisonment, without providing details.

Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have repeatedly said the legislation is aimed at a few "troublemakers" and will not affect rights and freedoms, nor investor interests.

 

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