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Legislative Council elections 2016

Hong Kong party that wants Britain to take over again aims to win five Legco seats

Extreme localist says he will liaise with British government over repealing Sino-British Joint Declaration then make Hong Kong an independent state

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 June, 2016, 8:14pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 June, 2016, 8:14pm

A new extreme localist political party is hoping to grab as many as five seats in the Legislative Council elections in September with a xenophobic and pro-independence manifesto.

The Alliance of Resuming British Sovereignty over Hong Kong & Independence, inaugurated on Sunday, said it did not recognise the Sino-British Joint Declaration and their identity as ethnic Chinese.

The party defines a Hong Kong national as someone born to parents who had gained right of abode in the city before 1997.

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The separatist group is the second party formed in the past three months – after the Hong Kong National Party – that advocates Hong Kong breaking away from China.

The new party’s convenor, Billy Chiu Hin-chung, a self-styled pro-independence revolutionary, said the party had about 30 members so far but claimed it had overseas support, with prominent Taiwanese independence campaigners Shih Chao-hui and Wang San-chi serving as “honorary consultants”.

Among the party’s platforms is a call for a 10 per cent sales tax for all “non-Hong Kong” shoppers, cancellation of the one-way permit system to halt an influx of mainland migrants, dumping all books written in simplified Chinese characters in public libraries, and awarding infrastructure projects to Britain in exchange for military protection by the Commonwealth.

Chiu said the party was financed by donations of its members, who include office workers, teachers, students and nurses. The members were recruited through social media.

The party planned to field candidates in each of the five geographical constituency in the Legco elections, Chiu said.

“I am not a daydreamer. If I won in the election, I, in my capacity as a legislator, shall liaise with the British government over repealing the Sino-British Joint Declaration and taking back Hong Kong. After that, we shall seek to make Hong Kong an independent state.”

Chiu claimed they had spent about six months preparing for the party launch, but Sunday’s press conference was shambolic.

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Without warning, Chiu ticked off some fellow members for having forgotten to bring a “Hong Kong national flag” they had designed to show to the press and refused to continue without it. A fierce quarrel ensued in front of the media.

Chiu walked out and returned only when scolded by another member for keeping reporters waiting.

He was formerly with the League of Social Democrats and in 2013 founded the protest group Hongkonger Come First.

That same year Chiu and several others broke into the People’s Liberation Army barracks in Admiralty while waving a colonial-era Hong Kong flag and demanded the PLA “get out of Hong Kong”.

That stunt earned him a two-week suspended jail term for entering a closed area without a permit.