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HKNP ban 'could be extended to Occupy groups'

2018-09-25 HKT 17:23
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  • Joshua Wong said it’s difficult to assess how the decision will affect his own party, which advocates “self determination”. File photo: RTHK
    Joshua Wong said it’s difficult to assess how the decision will affect his own party, which advocates “self determination”. File photo: RTHK
Demosisto leader Joshua Wong said on Tuesday that he’s worried the government may seek to ban pro-democracy groups which took part in the 2014 Occupy protests, the same way it has banned the Hong Kong National Party.

In an extraordinary gazette published on Monday, the government said the move was ordered by the Secretary for Security, John Lee.

The ban had been under consideration for months, with the administration saying the party was a threat to national security or public safety.

Wong said since the government doesn’t have a clear definition of “threats to national safety”, the law can be applied arbitrarily.

He said it’s difficult to assess how the government’s decision will affect his own party which advocates “self determination”, but that he and party members will “be on guard”.

He added he hopes the international community will pay more attention to what he called the undermining of Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.