China slams the primary vote as a "blatant challenge" under its security law, as early returns back influential opposition candidates.
A senior official warned that a pro-dem primary this weekend could somehow violate the city's controversial national security law. Meanwhile, Pope Francis appears to have thought better of raising concerns over the situation in the city.
While the full text has raised more questions than answers thanks to its broad definitions of the crimes, one thing is certain: observers are worried.
From sanctions to political resignations to activists fleeing the city, the legislation already appears to be having what many assume was its desired effect.
Full details of the law still haven't been released to the general public, despite the fact that it is expected to go into effect on Wednesday.
Despite mounting, near-universal criticism of the law, Chinese officials said they are “unwavering” in their commitment to passing it.
The unit will be ready to act on "very first day" of the implementation of the controversial National Security Law.