New party seeks Hong Kong's independence via return to British rule

A local protester against mainland Chinese parallel traders carries a British Hong Kong colonial flag in Hong Kong, China.
A local protester against mainland Chinese parallel traders carries a British Hong Kong colonial flag in Hong Kong, China.PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG - A second political party advocating Hong Kong's independence from China will be formally inaugurated on Sunday, South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday (June 22).

Calling itself the Alliance to Resume British Sovereignty over Hong Kong and Independence, the extreme localist group will push for Hong Kong to become a British colony again - before asking Britain to let the city go independent, the report said.

It is the second political party formed within three months that advocates Hong Kong's independence, after the Hong Kong National Party.

Among the core leaders of the new party is activist Billy Chiu Hin Chung, 31, who said the party was planning to field candidates in the Legislative Council elections in September.

"We do not recognise the Sino-British Joint Declaration. So, the only logical result that Hong Kong has to return to British rule. It will be transitional. And we shall aim ultimately at going independent," Chiu was quoted by SCMP as saying on Tuesday, referring to the agreement struck by China and Britain in 1984 on the return of Hong Kong after a century of colonial rule.

Chiu said the party had been in the works for about half a year, SCMP reported. He said his party had no ties with HKNP, saying that the form of independent state the latter seeks was not "genuine independence".

Chiu first came to public attention when he and a few colleagues broke into the People's Liberation Army barracks in Hong Kong in 2013,waving a colonial flag and demanding the PLA to "get out of Hong Kong".

He was sentenced to two weeks in jail for entering a closed area without a permit, but the term was suspended for 12 months.