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Hong Kong police fire tear gas as hundreds rally against national security law, 120 arrests

Published: May 24, 2020
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Hong Kong police have fired tear gas after protesters gathered in Causeway Bay to rally against the looming national security law announced earlier this week by Beijing.

Hundreds of demonstrators convened at SOGO department store in Causeway Bay at around 1pm on Sunday and began marching to Wan Chai’s Southorn Playground.

Photo: Benjamin Yuen, Cezzna, Jimmy Lam/United Social Press.

In response, police fired tear gas at the crossroads of Hennessy Road and Percival Street, and near Hysan Place.

HKFP_Live: Hong Kong protesters are gathered in Causeway Bay in opposition to the national security law. Police have detained activist Tam Tak-chi.

Posted by Hong Kong Free Press HKFP on Saturday, 23 May 2020

It was the largest protests since the Covid-19 outbreak, despite social distancing rules – limiting groups to eight people – remaining in place.

Demonstrators chanted “Free Hong Kong,” and “Hong Kong independence is the only way out,” during the largest march since the Covid-19 outbreak.

Such slogans could become illegal when the national security law – which is likely to target secession, subversion, and terrorism – kicks in. as night fell.

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