The Chinese government’s controversial plan to implement a national security law in Hong Kong has sparked reactions from Hong Kong’s legal professional bodies and foreign companies, as massive pro-democracy demonstrations in the city resumed.

In a statement released Monday, the Hong Kong Bar Association (HKBA) expressed concerns about the draft legislation before China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s legislature, that would clamp down on activities in Hong Kong in the name of national security, including “separatist, subversive, infiltrative, or destructive activities,” as well as foreign interference in Hong Kong’s internal affairs.

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