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Hong Kong Protesters hit the Road, Police Uses Tear Gas, Pepper Spray, and Water Cannons to Disperse Mob

  • Hong Kong police tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, and used water cannons to disburse thousands of protesters on Sunday. It is the first major protest after China unveiled its plan to impose national security laws on the city directly to prevent, stop, and punish acts of “secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign interference” in Hong Kong. The protesters fear that the new national security laws will rob them of the “one country, two systems” policy in Hong Kong, which provides the city with freedom of press and independent judiciary. Mainland China has dismissed reports that the newly proposed security laws will harm Hong Kong autonomy or foreign investors. Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung has said that "these radical claims and illegal violence are extremely worrying."