US Troubled by Official Ban on Hong Kong's Pro-Independence Party

The U.S. State Department said Tuesday on Twitter it is concerned about Hong Kong's ban on a political party that advocates for independence from China, adding that it violates core Democratic values. Hong Kong has banned the Hong Kong National Party, a further sign of the mainland's tightening grip on the semi-autonomous territory. Secretary for Security John Lee announced Monday the Hong Kong National Party is prohibited from operating under an ordinance that cites the interest of national security and public safety. The official ban comes just two months after he informed party founder Andy Chan the government was taking steps to outlaw the group. This is the first time the Hong Kong government has officially banned a political party since Britain returned sovereignty to Beijing in 1997. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch researcher Maya Wang issued a statement Monday calling the ban on the HKNP "a milestone in the Beijing...


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