News reporter shot down by water cannon in Hong Kong.
HONG KONG – On July 1st a video appeared on the internet showing a Hong Kong news reporter / photegrapher is shot down by a water cannon from the local riot police. The event happened several hours after a new security law was passed by China.
On June 30, China passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that has sparked protest, fear and controversy in the semi-autonomous city.
Critics say the law, which in some cases could overide Hong Kong’s own legal processes, marks an erosion of the city’s precious civil and political freedoms; the Chinese and local governments argue it’s necessary to curb unrest and uphold mainland sovereignty.
Everything has unfolded at breakneck speed. Beijing only introduced the proposal a month ago, and the law is expected to go into effect immediately, according to Chinese state media.
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