Hong Kong police fired tear gas and pepper spray on Sunday at thousands of anti-government protesters who took to the streets to reject Beijing’s proposal to impose new security laws on the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The demonstrators were shouting pro-democracy slogans, such as “Liberate Hong Kong”, “Stand with Hong Kong” and “Revolution of our times”.

Hong Kong enjoys its own legal system and trade status, as well as other rights that are unseen on the Chinese mainland, such as freedom of speech.

Police said that at least 120 people were arrested. Security forces deployed water cannon after they had warned the crowds that large gatherings were unlawful amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The unrest comes two days after Beijing unveiled proposals to strengthen “enforcement mechanisms” in the city, a move seen as the end of the “one country, two systems” principle.


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