A senior Chinese politician who crushed a mainland democracy movement has been appointed to oversee the implementation of the controversial national security law in Hong Kong, reported ucanews.com.
On 3rd July Zheng Yanxiong took charge of the office to implement the law that bans subversive and secessionist actions in the former British colony. Zheng is a former mayor and Communist Party secretary of Guangdong province, bordering Hong Kong.
Chan Lok-shun, an officer of the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong Diocese, told ucanews.com on 7th July that the latest appointment is a sequel to the selections of two other politicians who proved to be “tough” in handling situations.
“It shows China’s determination to handle Hong Kong with an iron fist,” said Chan.
Bypassing laws in Hong Kong, Zheng will report directly to the Chinese Communist Party. His office can handle cases as it sees fit. Suspects could be sent to face trial in mainland Chinese courts.
His powers include the authority to give advice, which under the Communist Party setup must be heeded without exception.
Picture: Demonstrators march during a protest against the national security law in Hong Kong on 1st July 2020. (CNS/Tyrone Siu, Reuters).