Hong Kong people are celebrating their 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, but the method is much more subdued than usual.
Macau and Hong Kong are the only places where we can celebrate the anniversary of the 1989 Chinese military crackdown on democratic demonstrators in Beijing. The death toll is estimated to be in the hundreds to thousands.
However, Hong Kong officials have banned the event’s annual rally for the second consecutive year. They cite an ongoing coronavirus pandemic due to restrictions.
Officers closed Victoria Park, where annual memorial services are usually held, and turned on candles and telephone lights to disperse the crowd.
This year’s anniversary is the first time since the approval of a new controversial security law aimed at ending the city’s democratic movement and criminalizing dissenting opinions.
on Friday, Authorities arrested democratic activist Chou Han Tan, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance, which organizes an annual memorial rally for victims of the crackdown on Tiananmen Square.
Thousands opposed last year’s rally ban and destroyed barricades around Victoria Park.
However, this year’s commemorative ceremony is more restricted than ever. The new security law passed in 2020 will make it easier to punish protesters and reduce Hong Kong’s autonomy.
To commemorate the event at 20:00 local time (GMT 12:00), activists called for candles, house lights, and even cigarettes to be lit online.
Police warned that more people would be arrested, and Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said citizens must respect the law.
Over the past few years, large-scale street demonstrations have been held to commemorate the anniversary.
Thousands of people participated in Candlelight Vigil in 2019. This annual event could be held.
In mainland China, authorities have even banned diagonal references to the events of June 4. Any discussion about crackdowns is censored online.
Taiwan celebrates this anniversary each year, using the event to criticize China and urge Beijing to embark on real political reform.
“All Taiwanese who are proud of their freedom and democracy will never forget this day, will not be shaken by the storm, and will stick to their faith,” TT said on his Facebook page. Stated.
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