University students in Hong Kong form party, call for secession

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Protesters waving yellow umbrellas on the first anniversary of the Umbrella Movement protest in Hong Kong, China, 28 September 2015.

University students in Hong Kong form party, call for secession


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Hong Kong’s newest political party announced itself on social media on March 16. Calling for the secession from mainland China, the newly established Hong Kong National Party, which was formed by a group of university students, Tweeted that its manifesto had been published.

‘We have set up this party because we want to harness the strength and energy from all walks of life in Hong Kong in our fight for independence,” read the manifesto published in the latest issue of Undergrads from the University of Hong Kong.

“We believe in concrete action. We will not rule out any methods of action. We are not after any moral high ground.”

As reported by The Asian Correspondent online, Hong Kong was granted a high degree of autonomy as special administrative region in China in 1997 based on the “one country, two systems” principle, but localism and varying living standards have created an anti-mainland sentiment among Hongkongers.

Last year, Hong Kong was the stage of the massive Umbrella Movement protest which had called for electoral reforms.

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