How Life Has Changed Under China’s National Security Law

China introduces the National Security Law (NSL) in Hong Kong in response to massive pro-democracy protests that had swept through the city.

The controversial law reduces Hong Kong’s judicial autonomy and makes it easier to punish demonstrators and activists. It criminalizes secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Since it was enacted more than 100 people – including protesters, pro-democracy politicians and journalists – have been arrested under its provisions.

Beijing insists that the law is needed to bring stability to the city, but critics says it violate the “one country, two systems” principle under which the former British colony was handed back to China.

The one thing many Hong Kongers do agree on however, is that in the year since the law was enacted, life has fundamentally changed.

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