Hong Kongers Cast 'Protest' Vote Against New Security Laws

Ruben Fields
July 13, 2020

When requested what involved them most in regards to the legislation, firms largely echoed issues voiced by worldwide governments and civil society teams, saying they're anxious in regards to the ambiguity of the laws's scope and enforcement, the risk it poses to Hong Kong's prized impartial judicial system and the danger the town may lose its standing as a world monetary hub.

The legislation, which punishes secession, subversion, "terrorism" and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, has further strained relations between the United States and China.

Most companies said they were adopting a "wait-and-see" approach to the law, while some firms were planning to reduce trade and investments in Hong Kong, as well as business travel between the city and the U.S. While two-thirds of companies said they had no plans to leave, about one-third said they would consider moving assets, capital or business operations out of Hong Kong in the "medium-to-long run".

"Individuals who have organized, prepared or participated in the principal election really should avoid carelessly violating the law", he claimed.

When asked what concerned them most about the law, companies largely echoed concerns voiced by foreign governments and civil society groups, saying they are anxious about the ambiguity of the legislation's scope and enforcement, the threat it poses to Hong Kong's prized independent judicial system and the risk the city could lose its status as a global financial hub.

Late Friday night, police raided the offices of the Public Opinion Research Institute, a polling company that was helping to organize the primary elections.

The organizers maintain that the high turnout (170 thousand participants were expected) is a resounding rejection of Beijing's measures which entered into force on June 30.

However, the police raid may have helped publicize the primary election, with news of the event circulating throughout the city.

A woman uses her phone while waiting to vote during the primary elections in Hong Kong

People queue up to vote in Hong Kong, on July 12, 2020, in an unofficial primary for pro-democracy candidates ahead of legislative elections in September. "But I'm not afraid of any "white terror" since I'm only exercising my rights".

He was also a local legislator who co-founded the Demosisto Party with another well-known activist, Joshua Wong. Online, people cleaned up social media profiles and deleted accounts, and asked contacts to delete WhatsApp messages from them.

He characterized such conduct as "secession"-one of the four types of conduct proscribed by the Law of People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Canberra said it will also offer a path to citizenship for Hong Kong people, following the UK's promise to allow some 3 million Hong Kong people to settle there if they wish.

A plurality of respondents said the law will be negative for their own businesses and agreed with the notion that the prospect of those arrested under the law being extradited to mainland China "is a game changer for Hong Kong as a financial center".

While the government has repeatedly insisted that the law will only affect a small minority of Hong Kong people and that it is necessary to protect national security, it has met with widespread opposition both in the city and overseas. "Many others are very involved and contemplating their choices".

Almost 70% of respondents to the AmCham survey said they have gradually become more concerned about the law.

CNN's Eric Cheung contributed reporting.

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