Hong Kong pro-independence candidate’s application to join election “invalidated” — “Hong Kong has been giving away its rights and freedoms to the mainland”

Reuters
July 31, 2016

HONG KONG: A member of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party has been disqualified from running in next month’s Legislative Council elections after he declined to sign a controversial new form saying the city is an “inalienable” part of China.

Chan Ho-tin received an email from the Electoral Affairs Commission on Saturday which said his application to join the election had been “invalidated”, fuelling speculation that others who hold pro-independence views also could be disqualified.

Chan Ho-tin, The Face of Pro-Independence in Hong Kong

“The National Party is honoured to become the first party to be banned from joining a democratic election by the government due to political difference,” the party wrote on its Facebook page.

The requirement that candidates pledge that the former British colony is part of China, and that advocating independence could make them ineligible to stand for election, is the latest in a series of issues that have raised concern about what many people in Hong Kong see as mainland China’s increasing control.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula meant to guarantee the financial hub’s considerable freedoms and separate laws.

But China’s refusal to allow unfettered democracy in next year’s election for the city’s leader triggered pro-democracy protests in 2014, and spurred worries about the city’s future.

A series of issues since then has compounded those fears.

The government issued a statement saying it agreed to and supported the decision to disqualify Chan.

The activist is one of a number of pro-independence candidates who refused to sign the recently introduced additional declaration form.

Previously, candidates only needed to pledge to uphold Hong Kong laws.

A Hong Kong court declined to rule on Wednesday on a challenge filed by activist politicians to the new rule.

About 100 people joined a rally on Saturday night to support Chan.

(Reporting By Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Kim Coghill)

(CNN) A top leadership candidate in Hong Kong has been banned from running in the upcoming elections after the government declared he “cannot possibly fulfill his duties as a legislator” while also pledging allegiance to his pro-independence party.

Chan Ho-tin of the Hong Kong National Party is part of a separatist movement that is largely on the fringe but gaining momentum ahead of the September election.
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Election officers have issued warnings to all candidates that they must vow to uphold Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, officially called the Basic Law. It’s a doctrine that includes a declaration stating the city is an “inalienable” part of China.
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Before being disqualified, Chan signed the pledge to uphold the Basic Law, which has governed Hong Kong since the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997.
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But Hong Kong authorities were skeptical, and Saturday they declared that Chan’s party is “inconsistent with the constitutional and legal status of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.”
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They added that “if a person advocates or promotes the independence of the HKSAR, he cannot possibly uphold the Basic Law.”
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The Hong Kong National Party responded with a statement saying it is “truly proud” to be the “first party to be barred from a democratic election by the Communist colonial government of Hong Kong.”
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The party calls for revoking Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration and establishing a new constitution.
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Many of the Hong Kong National Party followers come from a spontaneous revolution that began in 2014 but has since dwindled in momentum.
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Riot police use pepper spray as they clash with protesters September 28, 2014.

Since the handover from Britain, Hong Kong has been governed under China’s principle of “one country, two systems” — Hong Kong has been giving it rights and freedom unseen in the mainland and paving the way for a generation of protesters.
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But in September 2014, in the heart of Hong Kong, something changed.
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Pro-democracy protesters stand their ground in the financial district of Hong Kong on October 17, 2014.

Police in riot gear moved in on peaceful pro-democracy protesters, using tear gas to disperse the crowds.
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From these clashes emerged the Umbrella Movement,named for the umbrellas the protesters used to shield themselves from the tear gas and pepper spray.
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For 79 days, thousands of protesters occupied Hong Kong’s financial district and elsewhere to demand true universal suffrage — one person, one vote, without the interference of Beijing.
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But their demonstrations failed, and true democracy remains elusive.
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Since then, there have been growing concerns that Beijing is increasingly asserting its authority over Hong Kong, and many young activists avoid travel into mainland China.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/30/asia/hong-kong-election-ban/

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One Response to “Hong Kong pro-independence candidate’s application to join election “invalidated” — “Hong Kong has been giving away its rights and freedoms to the mainland””

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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