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Hong Kong police launch 'snitch line' for national security crimes

Critics draw parallels to China's Cultural Revolution

Surveillance cameras along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong: the new hotline will take submissions through text and WeChat.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong police on Thursday opened a dedicated hotline for reporting violations of the national security law Beijing imposed on the city earlier this year, raising alarms over critics of the controversial legislation.

The hotline, designed to help crack down on potential crimes that endanger national security, will take photo, audio and video submissions through texts and the WeChat messaging app. The police said it will only take submissions that are related to national security, and will not disclose personal details on informers.

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