Police are given very strict powers to implement the National Security Act for Hong Kong, under which they can conduct searches without warrant. The suspects can be prevented from leaving the city and all other methods including internet censoring can also be implemented. The Hong Kong government on Monday night released the details of article 43 in the city’s National Security Act detailing all the steps that a police force could use to enforce the law in the city.
According to the rules, the police will have the authority to search the evidence without warrant. Suspects violating the National Security Act will have to hand over their travel documents so that they do not leave Hong Kong. In addition, any property can be confiscated or attached on the basis of threat to national security. Forums and publishers, as well as Internet service providers, can also be ordered to remove printed or broadcast messages that are subject to national security threats.
Police is also empowered to ban internet
Those who do not do so can face a fine of one million Hong Kong dollars ($ 12,903) plus 6 months in jail. Those who put up such posts can also be asked to remove the post or they can be imprisoned for one year with a similar fine. Under these rules, Hong-Kong CEO Carrie Lam can also authorize the police to intercept and monitor the Internet. In addition, a written notice may be issued to foreign political organizations or Taiwan political organizations or individual agents detailing their activities related to Hong Kong.
US companies flare
Before the implementation rules were released on Monday, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Telegram said they would not accept government agencies’ demand for user data. Said that she will first review the new law. Under this, she will consult with human rights experts. At the same time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked China, saying that Hong Kong has progressed only because there was freedom of thought and expression. He said that the Communist Party of China has strangled democracy in Hong Kong.