Opposition parties aimed to bring a wave of discontent with the government to a historic victory in the semi-democratic legislature, where just under half of the seats are controlled by so-called functional groups, which represent business and government groups. society and are typically pro-government.
The Hong Kong police force, which has faced consistent worldwide condemnation for brutality against pro-democracy protesters, published an update on the crime rate in the city throughout 2020, blaming the protests for an increase in crimes like assault, arson, and rioting.
Wong described the move as "the biggest-ever crackdown" on the city's pro-democracy movement.
Mfat officials will continue to review the relationship with Hong Kong, Peters said. "This is the sort of behaviour that you would expect in a police state", he added.
Four people have been arrested by the police in the case of malfeasance against the administration.
One is a woman among the four arrested.
A police spokesman said the suspects, who were all denied bail, were arrested for promoting Hong Kong's secession from China and pledging to use "all the means" to unite other independence groups.
"The wrong action of Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom in politicising judicial cooperation with Hong Kong has seriously hurt the basis of judicial cooperation", said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at a regular press briefing. Law fled Hong Kong for Britain earlier this month.
China considers Hong Kong to be an "inalienable" part of the country, so calls for independence are anathema to China's Communist Party leaders.
Beijing imposed new legislation a month ago to introduce possible life sentences for "secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign collusion".
Protests erupted in Hong Kong past year in response to a proposed law that would have allowed the extradition of anyone present in Hong Kong to the communist Chinese legal system.
A man who allegedly rode a motorcycle into a group of police officers during a July 1 demonstration while carrying a flag whose slogans are considered a breach of national safety was also charged under the law.
Dennis Kwok, another banned candidate, said: "They try to drive fear and oppression into our hearts and for this, we must not let them succeed". Hong Kong is grappling with a new outbreak of the coronavirus that has been setting new local records for infections.
Peters yesterday said New Zealand could no longer trust that Hong Kong's criminal justice system was independent from China.
China has also said it will have jurisdiction for especially serious cases and has also claimed it can prosecute anyone anywhere in the world for national security crimes.
All the arrested people are young and their age is between 16 and 21 years.
At least 15 people have now been arrested under the new law since it was enacted on June 30.
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