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Controversial Hong Kong national security law comes into effect


Beijing has imposed a controversial national security law on Hong Kong, giving the Chinese government sweeping powers over the semi-autonomous territory in a move critics say will crush its freedoms.

Late on Tuesday, China unveiled the full text of the anti-sedition law, which targets the crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with penalties as severe as life in prison.

The law was published just after it went into effect at 11pm on Tuesday. Its implementation comes less than 40 days after Beijing stunned residents and the international community with its plan to impose the law on ...


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