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Police detain protesters against the new security law during a march marking the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover from Britain to China, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020, in Hong Kong. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997 just one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law

Jul. 1, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police made the first arrests Wednesday under a new national security law imposed by China’s central government, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against the contentious move on the anniversary of the former British colony's handover to...

A woman walks past a promotional banner of the national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. China has approved a contentious law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, sparking fears that it would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong security law criticized abroad, defended by China

Jun. 30, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

China’s enactment of a national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday drew statements of deep concern and regret from abroad and a firm defense at home. The law has fueled a widening divide between China and the United States and some other countries over the future of Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese...

Pro-China supporters holding Chinese national flags, toast during a rally to celebrate the approval of a national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Hong Kong media are reporting that China has approved a contentious law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, sparking fears that it would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory. A placard reads

Hong Kong security law takes aim at protester actions

Jun. 30, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China on Tuesday approved a contentious national security law for Hong Kong that takes direct aim at some of the actions of anti-government protesters last year, in a move many see as Beijing’s boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and the...

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong attends an activity for the upcoming Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong Saturday, June 20, 2020. Wong said Thursday that opposing a draft national security law for Hong Kong “could be my last testimony (while) I am still free.” (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

China may enact Hong Kong security law at end of June

Jun. 21, 2020 5:40 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's top lawmaking body has announced a three-day session for the end of this month, a move that raises the possibility of the enactment of a national security law for Hong Kong that has stirred debate and fears in the semi-autonomous territory. The official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Lam said she hoped that the opposition would not “demonize and stigmatize” the national security law as doing do would mean pitting themselves against the people of Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong leader urges people not to 'demonize' security law

Jun. 16, 2020 5:13 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that she hopes opponents of a new national security law being imposed by China do not “demonize and stigmatize” the legislation because doing so would mean pitting themselves against residents of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory....

Tam Yiu Chung, Hong Kong's representative to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress speak during an interview in Hong Kong, Monday, June 15, 2020. Tam said Monday that many Hong Kong residents support a new national security law being imposed by Beijing in the hopes that it will help the city regain stability, despite concerns that it will be used to curb opposition in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong delegate hoping for stability with security law

Jun. 15, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s sole delegate to China’s top legislative body said Monday that many Hong Kong residents support a new national security law being imposed by Beijing in the hopes that it will help the city regain stability, despite concerns that it will be used to curb opposition...

A protester defaces the Hong Kong emblem after they broke into the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, Monday, July 1, 2019. One year ago, a sea of humanity - a million people by some estimates - marched through central Hong Kong on a steamy afternoon. It was the start of what would grow into the longest-lasting and most violent anti-government movement the city has seen since its return to China in 1997. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

12 exhausting months of Hong Kong's anti-government protests

Jun. 11, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — One year ago, a sea of humanity — a million people by some estimates — streamed through central Hong Kong on a steamy afternoon. It was the start of what would grow into the longest-lasting and most violent anti-government movement the city has seen since its return to China...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019, file photo, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to a reporter's question during a press conference in Hong Kong. Protesters in Hong Kong got its government to withdraw extradition legislation last year, but now they’re getting a more dreaded national security law. And the message from Beijing is: Protest is futile. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Hong Kong's increasing divide portends a tumultuous future

Jun. 11, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong got its government to withdraw extradition legislation last year, but now they’re getting a more dreaded national security law. And the message from Beijing is: Protest is futile. One year ago Friday, protesters took over streets and blocked the legislature,...

Protesters march on the streets against an extradition bill in Hong Kong on Sunday, June 16, 2019. A year has passed since the beginning of anti-government protests in Hong Kong that brought hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. While the demonstrations have all-but died out, none of the underlying issues have been resolved, and a deep unease lies over the city as China moves to tighten its grip.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

AP PHOTOS: 1 year on, tumult of Hong Kong protests echoes

Jun. 11, 2020 2:02 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A year has passed since the beginning of anti-government protests in Hong Kong that brought hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. While the demonstrations have all but died out, none of the underlying issues have been resolved, and a...

Police checking a few man near a protest to mark the first anniversary of a mass rally against the now-withdrawn extradition bill in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. One year ago, a sea of humanity, a million people by some estimates, marched through central Hong Kong on a steamy afternoon. It was the start of what would grow into the longest-lasting and most violent anti-government movement the city has seen since its return to China in 1997. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hundreds march in Hong Kong as leader urges stability

Jun. 9, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of people marched in Hong Kong's streets on Tuesday night to mark a year since the start of anti-government protests, as the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese city called for peace and stability. “Everyone has to learn their lesson, including the Hong Kong...