Hongkongers have not only been crushed by dehumanizing labor exploitation and severe inequality as a result of the last few decades of neoliberal policies, they are also being oppressed by militarized law enforcement, surveillance, and an increasingly unaccountable carceral system.
The national security laws not only criminalize dissent of all kinds but also marks the premature end of Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and the One Country, Two Systems' agreement it had in place.