HK bans group, cit­ing its sep­a­ratist views

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The Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion gov­ern­ment said on Sept 24 that it has banned a sep­a­ratist group that ad­vo­cates “Hong Kong in­de­pen­dence”. SAR Sec­re­tary for Se­cu­rity John Lee Ka-chiu, who made the de­ci­sion, said the ban on the “Hong Kong Na­tional Party” was in ac­cor­dance with the So­ci­eties Or­di­nance. The ban on the HKNP, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, was made in the in­ter­ests of na­tional se­cu­rity, pub­lic safety, pub­lic or­der and the pro­tec­tion of the rights and free­doms of oth­ers, Lee said. What the HKNP aims to do con­tra­venes the Ba­sic Law and un­der­mines na­tional se­cu­rity, the se­cu­rity chief said. The sec­re­tary for se­cu­rity is vested with the power to is­sue an or­der to pro­hibit the op­er­a­tion or con­tin­ued op­er­a­tion of a so­ci­ety if it vi­o­lates stip­u­la­tions in the So­ci­eties Or­di­nance.

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