China has imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, dramatically tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city in a historic move decried by Western nations as a threat to the financial hub's freedoms.
The Civil Human Rights Front said the force had rejected its applications for rallies on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the former British colony's handover to China.
Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad called for Carrie Lam to quit after she invoked colonial-era emergency powers to ban protesters from wearing face masks. Her move to quell months of unrest sparked immediate rallies and vows to defy the new law.
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