Chan Ho-tin, convener for the newly-formed Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), said on Tuesday that the pro-independence party has no obligation to reveal the identity of its members.

Chan stated that the reason for the confidentiality was because the Hong Kong National Party was “close to being a revolutionary party”, and that its only goal is to peacefully fulfil its agendas, reported RTHK.

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Chan Ho-tin, convener of the Hong Kong National Party. Photo: SocREC screencap, via Facebook.

Chan also questioned the guarantees provided under the principle of One Country, Two Systems, calling it a transitional arrangement, and that discourse must take place to determine the future identity of Hong Kong either as an independent city or one under the control of China.

‘No bloodshed’ 

Chan reaffirmed that it is the party’s intention to defend the interests of Hong Kongers through non-violent measures such as strikes, and that he does not wish for blood to be shed over these matters, reported Ming Pao.

The HKNP has been subject to much controversy since its formation last month which included a refusal from the Companies Registry to register the party, followed by criticism from a pro-government paper and from the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.

Isaac Cheung is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. During the Occupy Central protests, Isaac worked as an editor and reporter at LIVE: Verified Updates, a bilingual news page founded and maintained by HKU journalism students. He has also worked at Coconuts Hong Kong as a reporter.