People display the national flag in Hong Kong in support of political reforms in 2021. Photo: Winson Wong
People display the national flag in Hong Kong in support of political reforms in 2021. Photo: Winson Wong

National security law: Hong Kong took authoritarian turn in 2021 under Beijing-imposed legislation, EU says in annual report

  • China’s foreign ministry office in the city and local authorities hit back at criticism, calling comments ‘unfounded’
  • ‘Democracy, rights and freedoms are not a pardon for illegal and criminal activities, let alone an excuse to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries,’ office says

People display the national flag in Hong Kong in support of political reforms in 2021. Photo: Winson Wong
People display the national flag in Hong Kong in support of political reforms in 2021. Photo: Winson Wong
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