Hong Kong seeks to outlaw separatist political party

Jul 17, 2018, 6:54 AM EDT
Pro-democracy protests paralyzed Hong Kong in 2014.
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In an unprecedented step to quell dissent against China, the Hong Kong government is preparing to ban a pro-independence political party citing national security.

If the Hong Kong National Party, led by activist Andy Chan Ho-tin, is outlawed, it would mark the first such crackdown in the territory that has operated under the “one country, two systems” framework since returning to Chinese rule in 1997, notes The Guardian.

China’s heavy-handed approach towards Hong Kong’s pro-independence activists has drawn attention and criticism, sparking concerns that Beijing is muzzling free voice and denying the territory the autonomy it demands, reports The Straits Times.

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