by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/24/18, 10:40 am
Hong Kong banned a pro-independence party in an unprecedented move on Monday, raising more concerns over China’s grip on the semiautonomous territory. John Lee, the region’s security secretary, announced the ban on the Hong Kong National Party without providing any additional details.
Hong Kong police in July recommended prohibiting the party under the Societies Ordinance, which allows authorities to ban groups on national security and public safety grounds. Hong Kong has not invoked the ordinance since 1997, the same year Britain returned the semiautonomous territory to China.