Man Knocked to the Ground During Hong Kong Protests

A man was knocked to the ground and appeared unresponsive amid protests in Hong Kong on July 1, this footage shows.

Crowds of Hong Kongers took to the streets on Wednesday, a day after a controversial new national security law came into effect.

The law signed by China’s President Xi Jinping criminalizes acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign and external forces to jeopardise national security, the South China Morning Post said. Under the law, offenders may be given a life sentence as the maximum punishment.

Wednesday’s protests, which coincided with annual rallies marking the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China in 1997, became heated with police reportedly using water cannons and pepper spray to control crowds.

Hong Kong Police said more than 70 people were arrested on July 1 during “unauthorized assemblies”, including the first two people to be detained for offenses arising from the new national security law. Credit: Campus TV, HKUSU via Storyful