Today, July 8, the Beijing National Security Office was inaugurated in Hong Kong, ending the island’s semi-autonomy and drastically changing the way of life of the Hong Kong people, who unlike the mainland Chinese, enjoyed freedom of speech and assembly.
With the application of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) new law, the police can search, arrest, fine, and demand internet and online platform providers to take down posts from their users if they consider that it violates the new law; this implies a hard blow to any message, statement, or political expression that disagrees with that of the CCP.
The Beijing Security Office has its own intelligence and police personnel, who will oversee and enforce the new law. The biggest problem with the application of this law is that it is Beijing that interprets the limits of the law, and it also has the authority over the entire judicial system of Hong Kong, which is equivalent to a Gestapo-type office, since it has no supervision whatsoever and serves only one purpose: to eliminate different or critical opinions.
The CCP said that with the establishment of National Security Office , political stability will be achieved after a year of pro-democracy protests, as reported by the Japan Times.
Facebook, Google, and Twitter said they will stop processing data requests from officials in Hong Kong because of the ramifications of the law and the impact it can have on their users, such as the famous case of a journalist from the Chinese newspaper Da Jiyuan, who was arrested in China because Yahoo provided the CCP with his personal information and emails, who had sent photos of the Tiananmen massacre to a colleague outside of China.
The new law already saw its first arrest, and pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong disbanded for fears of retaliation. Many activists deleted their accounts from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, and some even escaped from Hong Kong.