Photos: Hong Kong activists picket Chinese consulate over Beijing's national security law

Pro-democracy activists picketed China’s consulate on Vancouver’s Granville Street Saturday afternoon to raise awareness over Beijing’s proposed national security law that could be unilaterally imposed by the Chinese Communist Party.

The law is seen as threatening the autonomy of Hong Kong by undermining the One Country Two Systems principle once agreed upon by the People’s Republic of China when Britain handed over the colonial territory to it in 1997.

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If imposed activists argue freedom to criticize the Chinese government will be outright illegal. Likewise, economists have warned about a significant disruption to the city's international financial activity.

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