The Hong Kong National Party and Youngspiration told reporters that they have received letters from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department that their allocated stores at the Lunar New Year market at Victoria Park has been rescinded, just less than one week before the commencement of the market fair.
It is a tradition in Hong Kong that market fairs will be held in public areas the week before Lunar New Year to celebrate the festive times. Political parties and social pressure groups would often apply for such street stores during the fair, so that their messages can be spread to large groups of people.
The Hong Kong National Party received the letter on 18 January, in which the government department believed that the goods of the street stores and their relevant activities would be related to their advocation of Hong Kong’s independence. The department believes that amongst the large crowds that visit the market fairs, there will be both advocators and oppositions to the concepts of Hong Kong’s independence, which may in turn disrupt public order and pose harm to public safety. The department therefore immediately ceases their street store according to Paragraph 10 of the special arrangement agreement after taking into consideration of the situation and the protection of the public welfare. The paid fees will be returned, and the Hong Kong government would reserve the right to pursue the matter in court.
In response to the letter, the Hong Kong National Party said they have been suppressed by the Hong Kong government, who acts as a colonial government to the Beijing authorities, multiple times since their establishment in 2016. They have been stripped of their opportunities to run in the Legislative Council election, as well as denying their entry to the Company Registry due to political reasons. All of these show the Hong Kong government see their human rights as well as the rule of law as worthless being. The party said they will reserve their rights to pursue in court and they would sell their products in their own ways to advocate for the independence of Hong Kong.
Youngspiration also received a similar letter on 17 January. They said they have not finalised their goods list as the street store was going to sell the products of a few local designers, who are still in talks with the party. The party said they will continue to fight for their rights to the street store, and if necessary, distribute the products through other means.
Original Text in Chinese 中文原文: