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Pro-independence activist Chan Ho-tin is delivering a sold-out speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, after the club resisted pressure from Beijing to drop the event. 

Read the speech in full.

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Hong Kong National Party’s Andy Chan. Photo: Hong Kong National Party, via Facebook.

HKFP first reported on August 3 that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong had attempted to block the speech.

Management at public broadcaster RTHK have told staff not to live-stream the talk. And in a week-long series of Facebook posts, former leader Leung Chun-ying has said that Chan’s platform is comparable to promoting “racism, anti-semitism or Nazism.”

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