Security chief slammed for party ban

Local | Phoenix Un 30 Oct 2018

Independence advocate Andy Chan Ho-tin reiterated his repudiation of violence and criticized the Security Bureau for banning the Hong Kong National Party, of which he was convener.

Chan filed his appeal by last Wednesday's deadline against the government's decision to ban the party.

Chan publicized the document submitted to the Executive Council, which highlighted the Security Bureau's distrust in Chan despite his renunciation of the use of force. Chan lambasted Security Secretary John Lee Ka-chiu for being "unfair and unreasonable."

Lee failed to consider the fact all of the party's activities had been "peaceful, lawful and non-violent," the document said.

It added Lee accused the party of being violent, as he relied on "ambiguous and oblique statements taken out of context," which led to him inferring it was a threat to public order.

"Lee's assertion that the party (goes) beyond 'ordinary political activity' simply because it advocates for independence is entirely naive and absurd," the document said.

Chan also claimed Lee lacked the legal basis to ban the party since it was registered under the Companies Ordinance rather than Societies Ordinance.

Chan received a letter from Lee on July 17 stating the assistant societies officer recommended banning the party. Despite submitting a written defense, the government approved the ban on September 24.

Elsie Leung Oi-sie, vice-chairwoman of the Basic Law Committee, said Hong Kong independence cannot be achieved even by amending the Basic Law.

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