14 June 1997

The Democratic Party Responds to Provisional Legislature's Law Amendments

The Democratic Party, the largest party in the Legislative Council, today responded to the Provisional Legislature's passage of amendments to two key Hong Kong laws, the Societies Ordinance and the Public Order Ordinance.

Party Chairman Martin Lee said:

"This is a clear sign of things to come. These changes to our laws represent a step backwards for freedom and will revive colonial restrictions on the exercise of basic rights, including association and demonstration. In particular, the introduction of the concept of "national security" leaves the laws open to interpretation and to political censorship.

Laws must not take away rights from the people of Hong Kong -- but rather must protect individual rights and freedoms."

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