China passes controversial Hong Kong security law

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China has passed a controversial security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong, deepening fears for the city’s freedoms, the BBC has learned.

Last month China announced it would impose the law which criminalises any act of secession, subversion, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces.

The move comes after angry protests last year – sparked by another law – which became a pro-democracy movement.

Critics fear this law could be a greater threat to Hong Kong’s identity.

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