Watch: Hong Kong police fire tear gas at demonstrators

Hong Kong Police have fired tear gas and water at demonstrators who rallied to protest against China’s plan to impose a new national security law on the former British colony.

The planned legislation is expected to ban treason, subversion and sedition, and comes after Hong Kong was shaken in 2019 by months of massive, often-violent protests sparked by opposition to a now-shelved bill to extradite criminal suspects for trial in mainland China.

Thousands of protesters marched through the city centre, with police saying they had arrested 120 people.

Earlier, about 200 leading politicians from around the world came together and issued a joint statement criticizing China’s draft proposal.

The politicians who signed the statement said that this law will be an attack on the autonomy enjoyed by the city as well as on the rule of law and fundamental freedoms.