Police stop four National Foundation Day protests in Hong Kong

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hong kong – On Friday, the anniversary of China’s founding, Hong Kong police have halted four anti-democracy movements as crackdowns on freedom of speech and opposition politics escalate.

Four members of the opposition League of Social Democrats chanted a placard calling for the release of Hong Kongers who raised slogans in support of democratization, and four members of the opposition League of Social Democrats held a meeting at the Port Side Convention. Organized official celebration. I tried to go to the center. in session.

Dozens of police officers, who were part of a large police presence deployed that day to prevent confusion, surrounded them and kept them out of sight and ears of the officers who took part in the flag-hoisting ceremony.

“I think Hong Kong is currently the only place in China where diverse views are accepted,” party leader Chang Poin told reporters.

He referred to the extensive security measures that have been deployed, but said that “even under such pressure, we need to stick to the most basic civil rights of freedom of speech and assembly.”

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Due to restrictions, such protests rarely take place, and the Hong Kong government organized an annual candlelight ceremony around Tiananmen Square in Beijing to commemorate the victims of the 1989 undemocratic military crush. Three leaders arrested. The alert was China’s only major public monument of clay cracks, but it was not allowed for two years.

In 1989, after months of anti-government protests, the city was accused of overthrowing leaders under a National Security Act imposed by Beijing.

Along with such measures, the United States has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials, saying the new law would nullify the freedoms granted to the former British colony when it was handed over to China in 1997.

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Over the past year, dozens of democratic activists have been arrested and other activists have gone abroad for voluntary asylum. The Election Act has been amended to increase the number of seats in pro-Beijing politicians and reduce the number of directly elected members.

To mark the anniversary of the founding, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam held a launching ceremony attended by Hong Kong and Chinese officials who sang the Chinese national anthem while a helicopter passed over the Chinese flag. I presided over it.

At a later reception, Mr Lam praised the financial backing of the central government, the stable effect of the security law and “reforms in the electoral system” and rebelled against critics such as the United States.

A recent Chinese Foreign Ministry report said US political interference in Hong Kong was “despite mass stigma and swearing remarks by foreign politicians and some Western media, Hong Kong”. Lives with its own unique strength. “..

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In mainland China, large numbers of people gathered to watch the flag-hoisting ceremony in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and in cities across the country. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party, adding to the scale and luxury of the celebration. Friday marks the start of a weeklong national holiday.

And despite rising tensions between Beijing and Washington, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated.

“We wish the Chinese people peace, happiness and prosperity next year as the United States aims to work together to solve all the challenges we face,” the message said.

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