The top membership of the pro-democracy Hong Kong group Demosisto resigned from their positions on Tuesday, triggering the disbanding of the group entirely.
Under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy, Beijing granted Hong Kong autonomy when it became part of China in 1997, meaning Communist Party laws do not apply there.
The Hong Kong National Front, a similar group that openly calls for independence from China, also disbanded on Tuesday.
Another pro-democracy group, the Civil Human Rights Front, has taken the opposite approach.
The chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, Wu Chi-wai, also urged Hong Kong residents to protest, fearing that silence from the populace would embolden Beijing.