5.27 Protest Against ‘Evil Laws’: National Anthem Law and National Security Law

On May 27, the Hong Kong Legislative Council resumed the second reading of the National Anthem Law, which was forcefully inserted by China to Hong Kong’s Basic Law demanding “respect” to the PRC’s national anthem in Hong Kong.

In response to the pro-democracy fraction’s call for protests, the authorites showcased its attempt to police its population and their opinions thoroughly, even before another ‘evil law’, the National Secutity Law, is officially imposed by Beijing by bypassing Hong Kong’s legislature.

Since early morning of May 27, police and “special constables” were on alert in different districts to suppress protest activities and make arbitrary arrests. In the area of the Legislative Council Building, civil servants and office workers queued up to be checked by the police.

Nevertheless, Hongkongers, decrying authoritarianism, gathered at shopping malls and on the streets to chant protest slogans and gestured “5 Demands Not 1 Less”.

At lunchtime, over 1,000 civilians participated in the flash mob protest in Central. Armed police responded by shooting civilians in an execution-style manner in the city’s key financial district.

In Mongkok, a march was formed but cracked down by thd police. All these events sent on into midnight.

Police arrested over 360 civilians in a day.

Source: Chinese University Press; Stand News; Apple Daily; Real Time News HK; Internet

Contributor: GM02

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