Hong Kong’s opposition camp said on Sunday that over 600,000 citizens in the Chinese-ruled city cast ballots over the weekend in primaries it cast as a symbolic protest vote against tough national security laws imposed by Beijing.
People demonstrate in support of Hong Kong protesters opposed to China’s national security law and to urge French authorities to take a stronger stand against Chinese policy, in Paris, on July 11, 2020. (Reuters)
“Even under the shadow of the national security law, there were still 600,000 people coming out,” said an organizer, Au Nok-hin. “You can see the courage of the Hong Kong people in this ... Hong Kongers have created another miracle.”
The new law punishes what China describes broadly as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison and allows mainland security agents to operate officially in Hong Kong for the first time.