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US tells HK it's concerned by ban on HKNP

2018-09-25 HKT 23:30
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The United States on Tuesday urged Hong Kong to allow freedom of expression as it voiced concern over a ban on the pro-independence party.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States was "concerned" by the ban on the Hong Kong National Party, a first since the handover in 1997.

"The US supports the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association," Pompeo said in a statement.

"These are core values we share with Hong Kong, and that must be vigorously protected," added Pompeo who is in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

In an extraordinary gazette published on Monday, the government said the move was ordered by the Secretary for Security, John Lee, who said the party was a threat to national security or public safety.

Britain also said it was "concerned" about the move, while stressing that it did not advocate independence for Hong Kong.

Beijing has voiced "strong dissatisfaction" over foreign criticism, calling on countries not to interfere in Hong Kong or Chinese affairs. (AFP)