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Hong Kong bans independence party as Beijing tightens grip

Pro-democracy activists fear precedent for outlawing more groups

Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, speaks during a luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong on Aug.14, 2018.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Local authorities formally outlawed a Hong Kong independence group Monday as Chinese President Xi Jinping puts pressure on sovereignty movements in the name of national security.

The Hong Kong National Party became the first political organization to be banned in the territory since Britain returned its former colony to China in 1997.

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