May 22, 2020 / 5:29 AM / 3 months ago

Hong Kong stocks drop 5% as Beijing pushes security law

HONG KONG, May 22 (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell more than 5% on Friday afternoon after China moved to impose new national security legislation on the city, raising fears of a revival of street protests that convulsed the financial hub for much of last year.

The benchmark is headed for its largest daily percentage drop since 2015. The property sector sub-index slumped 7%, set for its worst day since 2008.

Earlier, the Hong Kong dollar weakened to 7.7552 against the U.S. dollar, its weakest level since May 5, while interbank interest rates edged up across the curve.

Reporting by Noah Sin; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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