A day after the government banned the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, a social media post has announced the formation of a new group called the "Hong Kong Communist Party".
The post, written in traditional Chinese characters, says the Security Bureau has been notified of the move and has been asked whether the group is allowed to operate in the city.
A Facebook page says the "party" plans to field a candidate in the Kowloon West Legco by-election in November, as well as in next year's district council polls.
It's not clear who is behind the post, which says the new group is inspired by "Xi Jinping thought" and will allow members to pledge allegiance to the Basic Law for the time being, "until socialist ideology is implemented in Hong Kong".
RTHK contacted the owner of the Facebook page for more information. The owner wouldn't reveal how many people are involved, but said a drive was under way to recruit more members.
The Security Bureau told RTHK that it would deal with any such groups in accordance with the Societies Ordinance, but gave no further comment.
The Hong Kong National Party, which was led by Chan Ho-tin, was banned under the Societies Ordinance by Security Secretary John Lee on Monday. He said it posed a severe threat to public safety and its calls for a "Hong Kong republic" promoted hatred of mainlanders.
'HK Communist Party' emerges, a day after HKNP ban
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