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Hong Kong activists call for protests over security law as city marks handover anniversary


An honour guard marches past during a flag-raising ceremony in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of the handover to China. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

As Hong Kong awoke to the first day of life under controversial new national security laws imposed by Beijing, activists have called on residents to defy a ban on protests and take to the streets.

The calls came as the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, told a ceremony marking the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China on Wednesday that the laws were “the most important development in relations between central – HKSAR [Hong Kong Special ...


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