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Security Chief slams vigils in HK for China protests as breach of NSL

Security Chief slams vigils in HK for China protests as breach of NSL

The security minister warned on Wednesday that the vigil activities in Hong Kong recently, which resonated with the Urumqi fire accident and scattered protests in China against stringent Covid-19 measures, could be considered as "color revolutions", urging the public to be cautious in avoiding bringing Hong Kong back to a "chaos situation" as in 2019.
Small-scale mourning activities occurred this week in multiple locations in Hong Kong, including campuses of the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University, Central and so, with people gathering to hold white papers, candles, and bouquets in memory of the victims of the Urumqi fire last week and supporting the demonstrations to strict lockdowns under the epidemic.

Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung said today at a Legislative Council meeting that he learned several individuals are attempting to organize activities that endanger national security and Central government in the name of the mourning.

"The activities are high-degree organized and are believed to aim to lead another round of color revolutions," he said, noting some of the participants for the gatherings also took part in 2019 protests and are trying to incite subversion of the country by taking advantage of university students.

"I believe there are many young people who hold passion and ideals for our country, I hope you will not be blind by people with seditious intentions," Tang claimed.

He added he noticed some participants holding white papers in gatherings, warning it could be an offense to national security law, citing some pieces of papers with slogans saying revolution, overturning the regime, and calling the Chinese leadership to step down.
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