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HKNP says police may take aim at other groups

2018-07-22 HKT 15:37
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The convenor of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, Chan Ho-tin, has expressed concern that the authorities will move on to rein in other groups advocating self determination or localist ideals after attempting to ban his own party.

The police notified the party in writing last week that they were considering banning it on the grounds of national security, and Security Secretary John Lee said on Tuesday that he might invoke the Societies Ordinance to outlaw Chan's party.

Chan has until August 7 to respond. Mr Chan said the government is abusing its power.

He said the Ordinance being cited by police dated back to when Hong Kong was a colony of Britain.

"The United Nations has stated that this Ordinance is against…human rights," Chan said.

The proposal has prompted public protests, with hundreds of people marching on the police headquarters on Saturday, to oppose the proposed ban, while around 20 members of the pro-Beijing 'Defend Hong Kong Campaign' also rallied in Wan Chai to support the banning of the group.