Establishing a party to advocate Hong Kong independence is “taking it too far”, according to the latest editorial in a Chinese government mouthpiece which also accuses the people behind the new party of seeking the public spotlight. The strongly worded piece from the Global Times – known for its strident pro-China views – came just two days after former Occupy Central activist Chan Ho-tin announced the formation of the Hong Kong National Party, which promised to use “whatever effective means” are available to push for independence, including fielding candidates in the Legislative Council elections in September. The piece described the new political party as “a prank from these young people”. Hong Kong National Party is born: will push for independence, will not recognise the Basic Law “Extreme ideas are emerging in Hong Kong, but establishing a Hong Kong National Party is taking it too far,” said the editorial, which was published on Wednesday. “In any diversified society, there will be a small number of people in that category whose leaders can make their names well-known in public opinion by voicing extreme ideas,” it added. Hong Kong independence is a fake proposition which can never be realised, the editorial stated, arguing that Chan and his colleagues are actually seeking instant fame. The piece even argued that advocating independence should have legal consequences as there was a consensus that “turning illegal ideas into action is not related to freedom of speech”. Chan earlier claimed the party was funded entirely by donations from its 50-odd members, mostly university students and young activists. Its formation has invited scepticism from across the political spectrum.