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HONG KONG, June 30 (Reuters) – China on Tuesday unveiled details of its contentious new national security law for Hong Kong, ending weeks of uncertainty that have exacerbated concerns over Beijing’s erosion of freedoms in the global financial hub.
Beijing passed the legislation on Tuesday, bypassing the city’s local parliament and setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule 23 years ago.
The law defines four crimes: separatist activity, state subversion, terrorist activity and collusion with foreign forces.
Beijing said the legislation was necessary after sometimes violent anti-government and anti-Beijing protests rocked the city since June last year, plunging it into its biggest crisis in decades. Protesters are angry at what they see as Beijing’s tightening squeeze on Hong Kong’s affairs.
China denies interfering and accuses Britain and the United States of fomenting the unrest.
Following are details of the law, which took effect at 1500 GMT.
* The security law overrides existing Hong Kong laws.
* Crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces punishable by up to life in prison.
* The activities of a new national security agency and its personnel in Hong Kong will not be under the jurisdiction of local government.
* Mainland authorities will exercise jurisdiction in “complex” cases such as those involving a foreign country or issues that pose a major and imminent threat to national security.
* Companies or groups that violate national security law will be fined and could have operations suspended.
* Property related to crimes under the new law could be frozen or confiscated.
* Damaging certain transportation vehicles and equipment will be considered an act of te