Hong Kong: Scuffles and arrests during protest on 1st day under new security law

Tensions were high as scuffles broke out between police and protesters, and several were detained in Hong Kong on Wednesday, during an unauthorised demonstration against the new national security law, on the anniversary of the territory's handover to China by the United Kingdom. Protesters were seen running from police who were charging at them. Several were detained. Earlier today, Hong Kong police made their first arrests under the newly-passed national security law. The law passed on Tuesday afternoon will see the opening of an office in charge of criminal cases related to national security in Hong Kong, to target subversion, secession, terrorism and activities of foreign or external forces to interfere with the HKSAR’s affairs. The handover of Hong Kong occurred on July 1, 1997, when the United Kingdom ended administration for the colony of Hong Kong and returned control of the territory to China.

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