An immigration law in Hong Kong is preventing people from leaving the city, according to The Guardian.

The provision, which allows the city’s immigration chief to stop people from taking planes to and from the city without a court order or ability to appeal, has been criticized by many lawyers, activists and business figures. The city’s bar association spoke out against the provision saying it gives “apparently unfettered power” to the immigration director, according to The Guardian.

Many also fear that exit bans could now come to Hong Kong. Many people were previously fleeing the city before the law took effect, The Guardian reported in March.

Exit bans are often used against activists who challenge the Chinese government, according to The Guardian.

“When they have this power, absolute power, you don’t know who they will use it on,” Chow Hang-tung, a barrister from the pro-democracy Hong Kong Alliance, said.

This photo taken on March 17, 2021 shows "M+" (bottom L), a museum of visual culture, currently under construction and scheduled to open later this year, in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong. - After successfully muzzling Hong Kong's democracy protests and opposition, Beijing's loyalists are now taking aim at the arts as they seek to impose mainland-style orthodoxy on culture and purge the city of dissent. - To go with AFP story Hong Kong-China-politics-arts, FOCUS by Su Xinqi and Jerome Taylor (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP) / To go with AFP story Hong Kong-China-politics-arts, FOCUS by Su Xinqi and Jerome Taylor (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)

This photo taken on March 17, 2021 shows “M+” (bottom L), a museum of visual culture, currently under construction and scheduled to open later this year, in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong. – After successfully muzzling Hong Kong’s democracy protests and opposition, Beijing’s loyalists are now taking aim at the arts as they seek to impose mainland-style orthodoxy on culture and purge the city of dissent. – To go with AFP story Hong Kong-China-politics-arts, FOCUS by Su Xinqi and Jerome Taylor

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