Hong Kong: hundreds arrested as security law comes into effect

Hong Kong: hundreds arrested as security law comes into effectJuly 1, 2020

Teenager waving independence flag among those held as thousands take to the streets

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More than 370 protesters have been arrested as police fired teargas, pepper spray and water cannon at thousands of people protesting against a national security law imposed by Beijing.

The extent of Beijing’s mandate was made clear as full details of the law were released late on Tuesday, giving authorities sweeping powers to crack down on dissent and allowing China new levels of control over the semi-autonomous territory.

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