Hong Kong police made hundreds of arrests on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of sweeping new security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent. Key points: Police cited the newly passed security legislation while confronting protesters Riot police used pepper spray to make arrests Water cannon were also used to chase away protesters Police also fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters during the clashes which came one day after the new legislation was enacted. Beijing on Tuesday unveiled the details of the much-anticipated law after weeks of uncertainty , pushing one of the world’s major financial hubs onto a more authoritarian path. As thousands of protesters gathered for an annual rally marking the anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to China in 1997, riot police used pepper spray and fired pellets as they made arrests after crowds spilled into the streets chanting “resist till the end” and “Hong Kong independence”. “I’m scared of going to jail but for justice I have to come out today, I have to stand up,” said a 35-year-old man who gave his name as Seth. Police said they had made more than 300 arrests for illegal assembly… Read full this story
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