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Hong Kong security law

Hong Kong's last opposition parties speak out on planned security law

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Hong Kong's government is rushing to adopt more comprehensive national security legislation on top of the law imposed by Beijing. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

HONG KONG -- While the Hong Kong government is rushing to implement more comprehensive national security legislation, the remaining traditional pro-democratic parties in the city are voicing concerns despite heavy pressure.

The existing national security law imposed by Beijing in June 2020 decimated pro-democratic organizations and activists while silencing much of what was once a free-wheeling civil society. But a few parties, though downsized, have survived and are publicly questioning the local government's push to introduce additional legislation known as Article 23.

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