Hong Kong leader John Lee has pledged to eradicate dissent in the city with new laws, stating that the "root causes of chaos haven't yet been eliminated". Lee plans to introduce new National Security legislation in 2024 to "close loopholes" in the existing National Security Law imposed by Beijing. He also aims to boost patriotic education in schools, increase public respect for the regional flag and emblem, and encourage voter turnout in District Council elections. Critics argue that the forthcoming legislation will expand the definition of a crime and further suppress democratic activists, turning Hong Kong into a national security state.
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