Ac­tivist banned from polls

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Ed­ward Le­ung of Hong Kong In­dige­nous speaks to the press af­ter leav­ing the High Court in Hong Kong on July 27.

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