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Activists renew push for Hong Kong independence

November 14, 2017 11:58 AM
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A statue of a tiger is seen in front of a view of the skyline of the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on June 27, 2017. — AFP picHONG KONG, Nov 14 — Hong Kong independence activists stepped up their campaign at schools today, with the semi-autonomous city increasingly divided over signs of Beijing’s growing influence.

Demonstrators handed out thousands of leaflets bearing the message “only independence can defend Hong Kong and protect its people” at about a dozen campuses.

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on a visit in July any threat to China’s sovereignty “crosses the red line and is absolutely impermissible”.

But activists have remained defiant, with pro-independence banners appearing at university campuses across the city in September despite a ban.

Tuesday’s campaign targeting secondary school students was spearheaded by the groups “Studentlocalism” and “Hong Kong National Front”, who said they were exasperated with calls for a democratic China.

“I believe when you talk about liberating the whole of China, Hong Kong independence is relatively more possible,” said the convenor of Hong Kong National Front, who only identified himself as Louis.

The 20-year-old added schools were “an important battle line for the independence movement”.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Felix Chung urged the authorities to step in, adding the city’s mini-constitution states that the territory is part of China.

“It’s ridiculous, targeting some immature, young students,” said Chung of the Liberal Party.


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