A tiny and previously little-known political party with no presence in the legislature would have languished on the fringes of Hong Kong’s political sphere were it not for attempts by the city’s government to crush the group. Now, the Hong Kong National Party finds itself in the limelight, raised to an unaccustomed level of prominence in a dispute that is fast becoming a test for the city’s autonomy.
Earlier this month, Hong Kong’s government threatened to ban Chan’s pro-independence National Party, a move unprecedented since the city’s return to Chinese rule in 1997. Andy Chan talked about China's plan to limit speech.
The notion that national security will one day be invoked to silence dissent comes as no surprise to hardened Hong Kongers. Commentators, academics and filmmakers have long prophesied that doomsday scenario. The writing has been on the wall for years, and the arrival of an anti-subversion law is a matter of when, not if. We just didn’t think it would happen so soon, at least not before the return of Article 23 that the city has fought so hard to keep at bay. But that day is now upon us.
In their recommendation to ban the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) on Tuesday, the legal grounding cited by the police was the Societies Ordinance. They told the government that there was a sufficiently strong case in the interests of “national security, public safety, public order, protection of freedom and rights of others” for the security secretary to ban the embattled group.
Liberal lawyers’ group voices concern over attempt to shut down party on national security grounds, when it has not resorted to violence
//一直以來，中央和香港政府對香港人的民意置若罔聞，香港人積累不滿只是自然而然。香港球迷「噓」國歌，只是屬於皮毛的表象而已。國家不尊重人民，人民又如何尊重國家？以法律強逼人民愛國，就像北風要吹走人的外衣一樣，只會把人趕跑。// - 方翊 @ 法政巴絲