The Evening Standard

Hong Kong police make first arrests under China’s new security law

July 1, 2020

Hong Kong police have made their first arrests under a new national security law imposed by China’s central government, arresting at least two protesters for carrying flags and signs calling for independence. Officers say they made multiple warnings to a crowd in a shopping district - telling them they might be in violation of the law. In a post on Facebook, police said they’d detained more than 30 people on various charges, from unlawful assembly to violation of the national security law. Critics say it effectively ends the "one country, two systems" framework under which Hong Kong was promised a high degree of autonomy.