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Hong Kongers Cast 'Protest' Vote Against New Security Laws

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Ann Linde attends a news conference with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow

People queue up to vote in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 12, 2020, in an unofficial primary for pro-democracy candidates ahead of legislative elections in September.

"Today we are supposedly on trial, but we believe it is the Hong Kong government, the police that should be put on trial and will be put on trial because of the suppression of our right to mourn on June 4", Lee said.

Beijing has also announced global jurisdiction to pursue national security crimes committed by anyone outside of Hong Kong and China, including foreigners.

The law gives Beijing sweeping powers to target individuals for any acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces, with maximum penalties of life imprisonment.

Late Friday night time, law enforcement raided the workplaces of the Public View Investigation Institute, a polling enterprise that was serving to to organize the key.

"Under the vicious national security law, many people anxious if such participation would risk violating the law but many people still came out", said organiser and legal scholar Benny Tai. The respondents represent about 15% of the chamber's membership.

"Those people who have arranged, prepared or participated in the main election really should prevent carelessly violating the law", he said.

"The potential for arbitrary application of the NSL is frightening to many, and Hong Kong's judiciary is powerless to protect the people and rule of law", said one anonymous respondent in comments released by AmCham. "A few of our workers have already voted with their ft to go away for safer nations".

Other major concerns cited were data security, a loss of talent and retaliatory measures by other governments.

The law bypassed Hong Kong's legislature and its contents were kept secret until the moment it was enacted.

The notice posted on the WeChat social media app also reminded Chinese citizens to "pay close attention" to local safety risks and "travel with caution to Australia in the near-term". "Will I still be able to read actual news or just Chinese propaganda?" "If anything, the law should lead to greater stability and economic predictability now that the violence can be stopped".

Some 30 percent considered moving capital, assets or business out of Hong Kong in the medium-to-long term, while five percent said they consider doing so in the short-term.

Appreciable uncertainty stays close to the law, and a lot of teams inside of the metropolis not directly focused by it - NGOs, media corporations, and firms - are ready to see how it may well impact them. Almost half of the respondents neither have a contingency plan for worsened conditions nor are working on one.

Hong Kong's Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (CMAB) said in a statement that the government had received complaints that the primaries "may have allegedly interfered with and manipulated" the elections and jeopardized the integrity of the electoral process. "This law though brings it much, much closer".

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