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Hong Kong arrests hundreds protesting China's national security law

Christian Fernsby |
Hong Kong police have arrested more than 300 people including nine under China's new national security law as thousands defied a ban on protests on the anniversary of the city's handover to China.

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Topics: HONG KONG    CHINA   

Police on Wednesday used water cannon, pepper spray and tear gas throughout in a series of confrontations with protesters, a day after China drew global criticism for imposing the controversial legislation on the financial hub.

Beijing said the law would restore stability after nearly a year of unrest, but instead it sparked the worst street violence in months.

Details released by police accused those arrested under the new legislation of possessing independence flags, stickers, and flyers.

"Advocacy for the independence of Hong Kong is against the law," security minister John Lee told reporters.

U.K Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered three million Hong Kong residents the chance to live and work in the U.K., following China’s imposition of new security laws on the region.

“We made clear that if China continued down this path we would introduce a new route for those with British National Overseas status to enter the U.K., granting them limited leave to remain with the ability to live and work in the U.K. and thereafter to apply for citizenship,” Johnson said. “And that is precisely what we will do now.”

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