Police in Hong Kong arrested scores of protesters during renewed unrest. Thousands of people took to the streets to rally against China's planned national security law, which many Hong Kongers believe would undermine their semi-autonomous state.
Pressure from the West would not affect China's security reforms in Hong Kong and is "doomed to fail," Chinese diplomats have said. Beijing threatened the UK and Canada with "consequences" over the clampdown response.
Last June, Hong Kong protesters took to the streets against a proposed extradition bill and started a yearlong protest movement. Now they are fighting against another law, but with different strategies.
EU Council President Charles Michel has said the law risks "undermining the rule of law" and that the council "deplores" the decision. Meanwhile, the US has withdrawn preferential economic treatment for the territory.
The UN human rights office has expressed "alarm" over the speed and vagueness of Beijing's controversial law. Meanwhile, Germany is urging EU leaders to address possible threats to Hong Kong's freedom.
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