Two Sessions 2020

Carrie Lam vows to enact security legislation, says it does not amend Hong Kong's Basic Law

Pan-democratic legislator Hui Chi-fung being removed from a Legco meeting in Hong Kong yesterday, after he scuffled with security officers while protesting against Beijing's move to directly enforce a national security law. PHOTO: REUTERS
Pan-democratic legislator Hui Chi-fung being removed from a Legco meeting in Hong Kong yesterday, after he scuffled with security officers while protesting against Beijing's move to directly enforce a national security law. PHOTO: REUTERS

Beijing's move to directly enforce a national security law in Hong Kong has fanned fears of further unrest as the city's leader vowed to roll it out soon, eliciting rallying cries online to protest against the move, viewed by some as an effective upending of the "one country, two systems" principle.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam vowed yesterday in Beijing to "complete the legislation as soon as possible", adding that it would not affect the legitimate rights and freedoms enjoyed by residents under the law, or the judiciary's independence.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2020, with the headline 'Lam vows to enact security legislation, says it does not amend HK's Basic Law'. Print Edition | Subscribe