France: Hundreds march against Hong Kong security law in Paris

Hundreds of people marched through Paris on Saturday in protest against Hong Kong's new national security legislation which came into effect on July 1. Protesters were seen marching with placards reading «Against national security law» and «Free Hong Kong» and later gathered at the Place de la Bastille square. «The biggest anger is to see that there is no diplomatic reaction from France,» said Aline, a protester. «What's happening in Hong Kong is very worrying and it tends to demonstrate that economic interests have really taken precedence over a political vision of democracy.» Fabienne, who is one of the organisers of the protest, said China «took control of Hong Kong and broke the international treaty.» According to Chinese authorities, the new law is expected to be in charge of criminal cases related to national security in Hong Kong, to target subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign or external forces seeking to interfere with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's affairs.

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