Hong Kong police arrest 370 protesters, accuse 10 of violating new security law

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 2nd, 2020 2:23 pm

Last Updated Jul 2nd, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested 370 protesters, including 10 who were apprehended on suspicion of violating the Chinese government's new security law implemented Tuesday night.

Hundreds of people gathered in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay to protest the legislation that criminalizes "acts of secession, subversion of state power, terrorist activities, and collusion with foreign or external forces to endanger national security."

Among the 10 arrested for violating the new security law was a 15-year-old girl. Authorities also reported that seven officers were injured, including one who was stabbed in the arm.

The new security measure now allows China to send people charged with national security crimes to the mainland to stand trial. They will face a jury-less hearing and receive a verdict from a court judge loyal to the government.

Additionally, those convicted of violating national security can face up to life in prison.


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