Hong Kong official discusses first arrest made under China’s new national security law

A reporter falls after being sprayed with pepper spray by police during a protest in Causeway Bay during the annual handover march in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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UPDATED 10:54 AM PT — Sunday, July 5, 2020

Hong Kong’s secretary for security recently announced the first arrest made under the city’s new national security law, which was imposed by China. On Friday, John Lee Ka-chiu explained the protester, who was arrested Wednesday, was in violation of the new law.

The security law prohibits citizens from protesting for Hong Kong’s independence.

The man arrested was holding a sign that read “liberate Hong Kong” when he drove a motorcycle into police. He was charged with separatism and terrorism.

A pro-China supporter holds a Chinese national flag during a rally to celebrate the approval of a national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

According to the secretary, those who violate the law will be met by law enforcement.

“There were some people arrested for possession or for displaying different signs that advocate independence of Hong Kong,” stated Ka-chiu. “Such acts was in contravention of the law, so the police must act.”

Vice President Mike Pence has said the new national security law is a betrayal of the Sino-British agreement, which protected Hong Kong’s autonomy.

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