About two dozen protesters gathered outside Oakridge Mall in Vancouver on Friday to protest Hong Kong’s new national security law in China.
Protesters say the law threatens freedom of the press, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.
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And they said they believe that people in British Columbia who are advocating for the law are acting on behalf of the Chinese government.
“On social media, if I was captured by the CCP, the Communist Party of China, you are likely to be arrested and put in prison all your life,” said a protester who did not give his name for fear of repercussion.
“It includes all foreigners, all people on Earth. You or I can be arrested. ‘
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Critics of the law, which entered into force on July 1, say it wipes out the last traces of Hong Kong’s autonomy.
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The bill criminalizes dissent and criticism of the Chinese regime, including those abroad.
Demonstrators told Global News they wanted Canadians to know that immigrants from Hong Kong to Canada do not support the law, and are calling on Canada to be louder in criticizing it.
– With files from Amanda Connolly
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