Hong Kong becomes Xi Kong as Police handed power to do warrantless searches

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Under the new controversial national security law, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has handed over more power to the Hong Kong police which now will be authorised to conduct searches at private properties without a warrant, restrict suspects’ movements, freeze their assets, intercept communications and require internet service providers to remove information.

On Monday night, the government gazetted the details of Article 43 of the legislation, which criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference.

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Now publishers can be made to remove information deemed a threat to national security, or HK$100k fine/up to 1-year prison. Police can demand identification records and decryption help, or HK $100k fine/6 months prison.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of police is to be given powers to control the dissemination of information online, when they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect such information may lead to national security crimes.

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