Pro-Democracy Party Members Burn Placards as Hong Kong National Security Law Introduced

Members of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy party the League of Social Democrats burned placards on July 1 in the first protest after a controversial national security law was introduced the night before.

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

A protest held on July 1 by the League of Social Democrats called for the scrapping of the law and an end to one-party rule, as seen in this video.

Police searched members of the party before the crowd marched reportedly towards where a flag-raising ceremony was taking place to mark the anniversary of the handing over of Hong Kong to China from the United Kingdom. Credit: League of Social Democrats via Storyful