April 23, 2016 (South China Morning Post) — Mainland authorities have told the city’s breakaway advocates they’re outside the law. Are they?
For a party which claims to have 30 to 50 members – and has paraded only two – the Hong Kong National Party has grabbed the kind of attention other parties can only dream about.
One part of the reason for this is its audacious claim to advocate independence at whatever cost and its rejection of the Basic Law. The other is the vehement reactions it has sparked from mainland authorities.
Exactly what the party will end up doing remains to be seen. But its undisguised rhetoric already appears to have rattled the nerves of many. The ensuing debate has also taken on, as is usual in the city, a pro- and anti-Beijing cast, with some warning that Hong Kong’s autonomy is once again coming under assault.
At issue is whether talking about independence for Hong Kong is in breach of the Basic Law and constitutes “treason” or “sedition”. Both of those are still outlawed by British colonial-era provisions of the Crimes Ordinance.