Hong Kong student leader says HSBC blocked new accounts
Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong accused HSBC of “political censorship” on Wednesday after the bank rejected his application for a joint account for his new party as well as a personal account for himself.
Wong, 19, announced the formation of the party, called Demosistō, last month to contest parliamentary elections later this year, saying it would push for “self-determination” over the semi-autonomous city’s future.
Fears over Beijing’s influence have sparked increasing calls, particularly among young activists for more autonomy from the mainland, with some advocating outright independence for Hong Kong.
Both the Hong Kong authorities and Beijing have slammed independence campaigners. One new pro-independence party has said it has been blocked from registering in the city. Read More