Former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa on Tuesday backed the police's recommended ban on the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, saying such a move would be both sensible and reasonable.
Speaking at a luncheon, Tung, who is now a vice-chairman of the central government's top advisory body, said any advocacy of Hong Kong independence is intolerable.
"The promotion of Hong Kong independence is detrimental to Hong Kong's development and people's livelihoods. Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China, and anything that threatens national sovereignty and safety, such as the advocacy of independence, must not be tolerated," he said.
"The Hong Kong National Party is said to have violated the Societies Ordinance by holding activities to promote Hong Kong independence. The police's proposal to stop the party's operations on the grounds of national safety and public safety is both sensible and reasonable."
Tung's stance echoes that of current Chief Executive Carrie Lam who said last month that the government will suppress any action that promotes the independence of Hong Kong.
Lam's predecessor, CY Leung, has also waded into the controversy, attacking a decision by the Foreign Correspondents' Club to invite Hong Kong National Party leader Chan Ho-tin to give a talk there next week.
Chan has been given until September 4 to respond to the Security Bureau's proposal to ban the party.
HKNP ban would be a sensible move: Tung Chee-hwa
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