06:56 GMT04 July 2020
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    The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) on Tuesday approved the National Security law, which entered into force on the same day. The Hong Kong national security protection law provides from three years to life imprisonment for conspiring with foreign states or foreign organisations to undermine national security.

    Protesters take to the streets of Hong Kong during an unauthorised demonstration against the new national security protection law.

    The full details of the law remained unknown until after it was passed by the parliament's Standing Committee and enacted by China's President Xi Jinping on Tuesday. The law took effect symbolically on the eve of Hong Kong's annual holiday marking the handover of the former UK colony to Beijing; while united with China, it retained special administrative status under an 1984 UK-Chinese agreement.

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