Beijing violates an international treaty and undermines Hong Kong's autonomy. This must not be without consequences internationally.
What a bitter irony: Hong Kong's democracy movement prevented mass security protests in 2003 and 2019 from a so-called security law and then the controversial extradition law. The democratic elections originally promised by Beijing had so far not been fought for.
But the pressure of the democracy movement in the autonomous metropolis increased steadily despite adverse circumstances and led to a landslide victory in the district elections in November 2019. But now the government in Beijing is creating one with the hasty adoption obscure security law simply facts that are much more repressive than all previously prevented laws and at the same time Bypass Hong Kong's autonomy.
The details of the passed law were not yet known until late Chinese evening on Tuesday. The city passed a law bypassing the local parliament, which will continue to allow the Chinese government, as it sees fit, to undermine the autonomy promised to Hong Kong until 2047 and directly threaten groups critical of Beijing.
It is not only the obscure content of the law that is worrying, but also the non-transparent nature of its adoption. No attempt has even been made to give the appearance of a democratic process. Rather, it was a demonstration of power by a dictatorship aimed at intimidating its critics.
Hong Kong's democracy movement has for years complained of a weakening of the city's 50-year autonomy, which Beijing had contractually guaranteed to the then colonial power of Great Britain in 1984. Now Beijing is not only ignoring Hong Kong's institutions, but also an international treaty by making the city's future the sole affair of China. Beijing thus shows itself as an unreliable contractual partner, which must not remain without consequences internationally.
In Hong Kong itself, the new law should apply from July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the return of the city from Great Britain to China. Were first Protests prohibited on that day, according to the new law, there are penalties. And in the September elections for Hong Kong's Legislative Council, Beijing can now eliminate unwanted candidates. The security law shows that Beijing's commitments cannot be trusted. It's a nightmare for Hong Kong and a wake-up call for the rest of the world.