- But on Monday, China said the primary voters and the vote itself may have violated its new draconian national security law , imposed on the city on June 30.
- The law gives Beijing new powers to define dissent and subversion in Hong Kong and punish people at will.
- Carrie Lam, the pro-Beijing leader of Hong Kong, also warned that the vote "may fall into the category of subverting the state power which is now one of the four types of offenses under the new national security law."
- The Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong said on Monday that the vote was "nakedly illegal behavior."
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Six hundred thousand Hong Kongers defied warnings to vote in an unofficial primary election for pro-democracy parties on Sunday. Now China is warning that all of them may have violated the new national security law.
Votes were taken at 250 polling stations to chose the best candidates to challenge pro-China parties in the city's Legislative Council election, which is due to start on September 6.