Activist banned from polls
A LEADING pro-independence politician was disqualified from standing in Hong Kong’s upcoming legislative elections, his party said.
Andy Chan, who founded the Hong Kong National Party, was banned by the city’s government from taking part in the September polls.
But the party, which claims there is growing support for the semi-autonomous city to break away from mainland China, said it was “honoured” to be the first to have a candidate disqualified.
“The National Party on July 30 received an email from the government saying they have officially disqualified the party’s convenor Andy Chan,” a statement said.
“Even if they stop the party from taking part in the election, they cannot stop the inevitable process of Hong Kong becoming independent.”
Mr Chan was one of at least 13 prodemocracy candidates who refused to sign a form saying the city is an “inalienable” part of China.
Critics slammed the new stipulation as political censorship and an attempt to deter candidates from advocating selfdetermination or independence from Beijing, and campaigners have challenged the move in court. –
Edward Leung of Hong Kong Indigenous speaks to the press after leaving the High Court in Hong Kong on July 27.