Wednesday, September 07, 2016

China vows ‘resolute opposition’ against Hong Kong independence activities

[Wednesday, September 07, 2016 19:27]
By Tenzin Monlam

DHARAMSHALA, September 7: After blacking out the Legislative Council (LegCo) election in the mainland, China has issued a warning of intolerance against anyone advocating independence for Hong Kong and vowed ‘resolute opposition’ to any pro-democracy activities in Hong Kong.

Reacting to the historical victory of Nathan Law, one of the Umbrella Revolution leaders, and rising pro-independence candidates in the LegCo. China’s administrative agency, the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office warned that such act would be against the law and pose a threat to its sovereignty and security.

The agency also added that it would be damaging to the prosperity and stability of the semi-autonomous region, which British handed over to China in 1997 under the ‘One country, two system’ under which Hong Kong was guaranteed rights and freedoms of its people for 50 years. However, Beijing has in the recent years tightened its grip on these promised civil liberties.

Representing a new party Demosisto, which he founded with Joshua Wong, Nathan at the age of 23 became the youngest legislator. His party has called for Hong Kong people to have the right to vote in a referendum on independence from Beijing.

Nathan despite knowing China’s reaction to his call for a referendum on the status of Hong Kong, he stated that he wants a referendum and his seat in the LegCo would give his idea the needed push.

“People are voting for a new way and a new future for the democratic movement,” he said after his victory adding that he still carries some spirit of the movement.

Out of 70 LegCo seats, 30 pro-democracy candidates have won including six pro-democracy activists.

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