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After protests convulsed Hong Kong for much of the last year, the city’s pro-democracy movement has been chilled by a new law that some say may change the semiautomonous territory forever. Today, we examine why China chose this moment to assert control, and what the new law means for the city’s future.
‘We Have to Act Out Our Freedom’: Protesters Hit Streets in Hong Kong
Hong Kong police invoked Beijing’s new security law for the first time to arrest protesters on the anniversary of the city’s handover to China.
“Mostly it’s a feeling of helplessness. But the other one thing is that I do think freedom is how we act it out. It’s not given by the government or by people. We have to act out our freedom.”
Austin Ramzy contributed reporting.
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