As it happened: more than 300 arrested in protests against Hong Kong national security law

  • Demonstrators encountered strong police presence on first full day of law coming into effect
  • Legislation was passed by Beijing a day before and adopted by local government close to midnight

Topic |   Hong Kong protests
Items being set alight in Causeway Bay. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Items being set alight in Causeway Bay. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong on Wednesday in anger over Beijing's national security law, as the city marked 23 years since its handover from British to Chinese rule.

On the first full day of the legislation being in force in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor held a press briefing, admitting the civil unrest that had rocked the city for months last year was sparked by past failures, and saying that the national security law showed 'Beijing's confidence' in the city.  

In Causeway Bay, police raised a new flag warning crowds they were violating the freshly minted law, but campaigners still gathered in defiance of a ban on the annual July 1 march. By evening the force made more than 300 arrests, some under the new legislation. 

Our live coverage below captured the day's events. Read the full story here.

Reporting by Sum Lok-kei, Lilian Cheng, Kanis Leung, Zoe Low, Laura Westbrook, Kathleen Magramo, Chan Ho-him, Phila Siu, Joyce Ng, Emily Tsang and Danny Mok