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  • Chow Hang-Tung, an organizer of the Hong Kong memorial service marking the anniversary of the bloody crackdown on the democracy movement in China in 1989, has been arrested.
  • She had announced that, despite the ban on the earlier annual candle worship, she wanted to go to Victoria Park in the evening to commemorate the victims of the June 4, 1989 massacre.
  • The police have now cordoned off large parts of Victoria Park.

The state broadcaster RTHK reported. The arrested person is the vice chairperson of the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China. It is the second year in a row that the Chinese Special Administrative Region authorities have banned the Hong Kong memorial service.

Legend:

The Chinese army violently suppressed the protests in Tian’anmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989, killing hundreds.

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As a justification, reference was made to the corona pandemic. Critics, on the other hand, suspect political motives behind the decision, as the infection situation in Hong Kong has eased and the organizers wanted to adhere to distance rules.

In order to stop the usual candle vigil, a large number of police began to seal off Victoria Park in the afternoon. Police officers patrolled both the entrances and the large football fields, where thousands of people with candles usually gather every year. Signs warned that entering the park would violate the ban on gatherings and would be punished.

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China correspondent Martin Aldrovandi says that there will still be commemorative actions this year: “There are calls to light a candle, for example, in memory of the victims. You can do that from home too. There were also calls on social media to light a candle and share a photo of it. This is intended to uphold this commemoration. And it’s also a bit of a quiet protest against the government. “

Last year thousands opposed the ban, this year it will be different: “This year the national security law already applies. Many people in Hong Kong are intimidated by the fact that almost all known activists are now in custody, and a few are in exile abroad. With the large police presence, the government is trying to prevent people from gathering in the first place. “


SRF4 News, 04.06.2021, 04:00;

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