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Beijing's hardline stance on national security reflected in arrests of Hong Kong pan-democrats

Hong Kong police officers detaining protesters and students who were trying to flee outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University, on Nov 19, 2019. PHOTO: AFP
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HONG KONG - The arrests of more than a dozen prominent figures in the democracy camp in Hong Kong signal Beijing's unyielding stance towards national security and have triggered warnings from pan-democrats that the peace the city recently regained could be shattered.

Political observers contacted by The Straits Times believe the arrests may be linked to the Legislative Council (Legco) election expected in early September, but noted the bottomline is that Beijing continues to take a hard line towards Hong Kong.

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