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China's planned security agencies for Hong Kong a 'death knell' for autonomy: Pompeo

China's planned security agencies for Hong Kong a 'death knell' for autonomy: Pompeo

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese plans to impose national security laws on Hong Kong could see mainland intelligence agencies set up bases there, raising fears of direct law enforcement and what the United States branded a “death knell” for the city’s autonomy. Communist Party rulers in Beijing on Friday unveiled details of the legislation that critics see as a turning point for the former British colony, which enjoys many freedoms, including an independent legal system and right to protest, not allowed on the mainland. Pro-democracy activists and politicians have for years...

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China's planned security agencies for Hong Kong a 'death knell' for autonomy: Pompeo

China's planned security agencies for Hong Kong a 'death knell' for autonomy: Pompeo

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese plans to impose national security laws on Hong Kong could see mainland intelligence agencies set up bases there, raising fears of direct law enforcement and what the United States branded a “death knell” for the city’s autonomy. Communist Party rulers in Beijing on Friday unveiled details of the legislation that critics see as a turning point for the former British colony, which enjoys many freedoms, including an independent legal system and right to protest, not allowed on the mainland. Pro-democracy activists and politicians have for years...

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China's plans for security agencies in Hong Kong will 'silence city', activists say

China's plans for security agencies in Hong Kong will 'silence city', activists say

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Chinese proposal to impose national security laws on Hong Kong could see mainland intelligence agencies set up bases there, raising fears of direct law enforcement and what U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called a “death knell” for the city’s autonomy. Communist Party rulers in Beijing unveiled details on Friday, a day after proposing the legislation that critics see as a turning point for China’s most free-wheeling city. Pro-democracy activists and politicians in the former British colony have for years opposed such legislation, arguing it could...

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Activists call for Hong Kong to rise up against new security laws

Activists call for Hong Kong to rise up against new security laws

United Kingdom HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong activists called on Friday for people to rise up against Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in the city, prompting alarm that the new laws could erode its freedoms through “force and fear”. A proposed march at noon in the central financial district did not materialise after online calls were heeded only by a handful of activists and as riot police made their presence visible on the streets. But new calls have emerged for flash mobs at night across the territory and activists including Joshua Wong plan to meet the press to...

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