Hong Kong Police Ban Tiananmen Vigil for First Time in 30 Years
Hong Kong police on Monday banned the annual June 4 vigil marking the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre citing the coronavirus pandemic, the first time in 30 years.
Lee Cheuk-yan, chair of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China – organiser of the annual vigil, said alliance members would still enter Victoria Park in groups of 8 to comemorate that night.
At least 60 booths will be set up across the city in the afternoon to distribute candles and they called on the public to light candles at 8:09 pm across the city, observe 1 minute of silence and join an online rally to commemorate the June 4 massacre. The public are encouraged to share photos and messages on social media with hashtag #6431truth.
Lee Cheuk-yan called the ban a political decision even before the National Security Laws are enacted, pointing out that schools have reopened, large religious gatherings are allowed and commercial activities have largely resumed.
180,000 attended the annual candlelight vigil to commemorate the 30th anniversary of June 4 last year, shown in this photo.
The stunning sea of candles at June 4 vigil at Victoria Park is no longer?