Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So before I continue to drop this tea, I posted a previous article where I discussed the state of affairs between China and Hong Kong.
So… Anyways… I got some tea and it involves China and Hong Kong and since this situation with the Chinese Communist Party imposed a national security law over Hong Kong, chaos have erupted.
Police fired rounds of tear gas, used a water cannon to disperse protesters and arrested more than 100 people opposed to Beijing’s plan to impose a sweeping national security law in a return to the demonstrations that defined this city last year.
Despite social distancing measures that prohibit gatherings of more than eight and laws on illegal assembly, tens of thousands of people thronged through Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday afternoon. Calls to assemble were made online without a formal organizer or permit.
Refrains of last year’s protests “fight for freedom,” “stand with Hong Kong” echoed on the streets among people of all ages, along with some newer ones: “Hong Kong independence, the only way out.” Some carried posters declaring that “heaven will destroy the Chinese Communist Party.”
The protest soon descended into familiar scenes: bottles thrown at police, rounds of tear gas fired in response, cat and mouse tactics between protesters and officers, and eventually arrests. By Sunday night, police said they had arrested at least 180, mostly on charges of unlawful assembly.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday that legislation was “urgent and imperative” after the protests that erupted last year.
“These protests had posed a grave threat to Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability and to the practice of ‘one country, two systems,’ ” Wang said at a news conference on the sidelines of the annual National People’s Congress.
He said establishing a new legal system and enforcement mechanisms was “a pressing priority” and China “must get it done without the slightest delay.”
But he characterized the new law as narrowly defined.
The turmoil erupted last year with the introduction of a bill that would have allowed criminal extraditions to mainland China. The protests grew into a political movement pushing back against Beijing’s encroachment on the city’s political freedoms.
Under the 1997 agreement, Hong Kong administers its own affairs save defense and foreign relations and has become a thriving center for finance and media.
The move undermines Hong Kong’s constitution, the Basic Law, and essentially discards the “one country, two systems” approach meant to preserve the city’s autonomy until at least 2047.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called the law “a death knell” for Hong Kong’s autonomy. National security adviser Robert C. O’Brien said Sunday that a Chinese effort to assert dominance over Hong Kong would draw U.S. financial sanctions against both.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” O’Brien predicted that global financial firms and well educated residents would flee Hong Kong.