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The United Kingdom is opening its doors to Hong Kong citizens in the wake of the new national security law that China imposed on the city.
Beijing introduced a draft law last week that would address security sections in Hong Kong, as reported by CNBC.
Why now: The territory of Hong Kong has a constitution known as the Basic Law that mandates it drafts a national security law to comply with Article 23.
China has deployed soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to help clear the barricades set up by protesters on Saturday.
Hong Kong’s legislators have officially withdrawn the extradition bill that sparked the months-long protests.
An American journalist was promoted by Chinese state media People’s Daily for his “coverage” of the Hong Kong protests, asking protesters about democracy and how Adolf Hitler was put into power by the same form of government.
Jaron Lines, a self-described “documentarian, independent investigative journalist, and diehard researcher” from the U.S., asked a protester in Hong Kong about their demands for democracy, Shanghaiist reported.
Jimmy Sham, leader of a pro-democracy group in Hong Kong and Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) convenor, was left lying in his own blood after being beaten by a masked group armed with hammers.
The attack occurred on Wednesday at around 7:30 p.m. on Arran Lane in Tai Kok Tsui as he was heading to a CHRF meeting in Mong Kok, according to Hong Kong Free Press.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a series of bills in support of Hong Kong protesters. The bills require Washington to determine whether political developments in Hong Kong would justify its treatment of the city as a separate trading entity from mainland China and opens doors to sanctions for those who violate internationally recognized human rights, among other actions supporting protesters.
Known as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, it is expected to pass the Senate, where it currently rests on a bipartisan co-sponsorship of 25 senators.
Apple has recently removed a tracking app from the App Store that monitors police movement in Hong Kong after receiving criticism from China’s state media.
The Chinese media accused Apple of aiding “rioters” by releasing a crowdsourced tracking app called HKmap.live, which reportedly pinpoints the location of police and anti-government protesters.
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that she will formally withdraw the controversial extradition bill that sparked massive protests and political unrest in Hong Kong.
However, the news has been met with more skepticism than hope, according to South China Morning Post.
Travelers hoping to leave Hong Kong remained stuck in the city as departure flights were canceled for a second consecutive day amid escalating protests against the government.
From early Tuesday, demonstrators occupied the terminal building of Hong Kong International Airport, blocking passengers attempting to advance from the departure level to immigration checkpoints.
Porn sites in Hong Kong are making a political stand by temporarily shutting down on Wednesday to encourage people to go out and join the massive protests.
Hong Kongers first flooded the streets on Sunday to express their protest against an extradition bill that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.