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DW News published this video item, entitled “Hong Kong police arrest dozens of pro-democracy activists | DW News” – below is their description.
Police in Hong Kong have arrested 53 pro-democracy activists. A government minister said they were detained for planning to “paralyze and overthrow” the city government. It’s the Chinese territory’s biggest crackdown yet on the opposition, under a new security law imposed by Beijing.
The dawn raids mark a sharp escalation of Hong Kong’s crackdown on the opposition. Dozens of prominent pro-democracy campaigners were arrested at private homes, law firms and media outlets.
Former lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting recorded the moment police arrived at his house.
The arrests have left some residents stunned, but Beijing denied it was clamping down on dissidents.
The detainees stand accused of trying to overthrow the government, after they held unofficial primaries last July to field candidates ahead of elections to Hong Kong’s legislative council.
Under the one country, two systems policy, Hong Kong was given greater autonomy when it was handed back to China from Britain in 1997. The agreement expires in 2047.
One pro-democracy activist told DW that Beijing’s security law has rendered that agreement meaningless.
Activists are calling Wednesday’s sweeping arrests an attempt to further weaken the opposition ahead of the legislative elections, scheduled for September.
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Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.