China’s controversial new national security law — tailor-made to bring Hong Kong’s massive pro-democracy movement to heel — came into full effect overnight, and by Wednesday evening police had arrested more than 300 protesters. Nine people were arrested specifically for violating the new legislation, which was imposed directly by Beijing and the Communist Party on the semi-autonomous region.
Some of the nine were arrested for possessing items calling for the independence of Hong Kong, in contravention of the new “national security” law, which criminalizes attempts to split Hong Kong from China, overthrow the city’s government, commit acts of terror or collude with foreign powers.
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