Vitriolic reactions to pro-independence National Party only increase the attraction of independence

The Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) has drawn no shortage of vitriol in the short time since its foundation.  Liaison Office chief Zhang Xiaoming blustered that its formation “far exceeded the topic of freedom of speech.”  Chief Secretary Carrie Lam was equally bombastic, suggesting that “the suggestion [of independence]… violates the Basic Law”.