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Hong Kong: Hundreds arrested over China security law protests

Critics say new law that criminalises actions against China threatens the identity and freedoms of the former British territory and deepens fears of oppression.

Hundreds of people have been arrested in Hong Kong as protesters rallied against the new national security law which criminalises actions against China.

Critics say the new law is the greatest threat to the identity and freedoms of the former British territory and deepens fears of oppression.

But Hong Kong’s leader says the legislation is necessary to end more than a year of protests which continue to paralyse the city.

Al Jazeera’s Sarah Clarke reports.