Books of pro-democracy Hong Kong figures have become unavailable in Hong Kong’s public libraries. Authorities say they were being reviewed if they violate the new national security law.
The security law came in force on Tuesday night last week. The law punishes crimes related to secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces for up to life imprisonment.
Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which runs the libraries in the city in a statement said, “We will review whether certain books violate the stipulations of the National Security Law.”
“While legal advice will be sought in the process of the review, the books will not be available for borrowing and reference in libraries.”
The legislature is being condemned globally as it stifles dissent and undermines freedom the former British colony was promised when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
The day after the law came into effect, one man was arrested for carrying a Hong Kong independence flag.
The local government on Friday declared slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” illegal.