Hong Kong National Party

Hong Kong Outlaws Pro-Independence National Party

The Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) was formally outlawed on Monday, marking the first time a political organization has been banned outright since Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997. The British Foreign Ministry pronounced itself “concerned by the decision,” while stressing the U.K. does not support the Hong Kong independence movement.

Pro-democracy activists protest outside government headquarters in downtown Hong Kong in 2014. Monday, the government banned the Hong Kong National Party for its threats of violent revolution, officials said. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI