Police in Hong Kong on Wednesday stated they issued their first arrest beneath the newly handed safety legislation that critics say undermines the semi-autonomous territory’s judicial independence and offers China unprecedented energy over the town.
The person was arrested for carrying a flag that referred to as for Hong Kong’s independence, the Related Press reported. He was reportedly intercepted by legislation enforcement after a crowd on the metropolis’s Causeway Bay was issued warnings that they may very well be in violation of the brand new legislation. Hong Kong Police additionally tweeted information of the arrest.
Metropolis police stated that they raised a “new purple warning flag” to warn protesters that by chanting independence slogans “they might have breached” the brand new legislation.
China handed the legislation on Tuesday that many within the Hong Kong media say will enable Beijing to crack down on any exercise there that authorities deem subversive with secessionist goals.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke out towards China’s energy seize in a press release shortly earlier than studies of the invoice’s approval.
“If China needs to regain the belief of Hong Kongers and the worldwide neighborhood, it ought to honor the guarantees it made to the Hong Kong folks and to the UK within the U.N.-registered 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration,” Pompeo’s assertion learn.
Bloomberg reported that earlier within the day, Chinese language officers described the brand new legislation as a “sword of Damocles” hanging over the heads of Beijing’s high critics within the metropolis.
The Related Press contributed to this report