TIANANMEN VIGIL EXPECTED TO GO ONLINE
Hong Kong’s annual June 4 vigil commemorating the 1989 crackdown on activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has been banned by police, due to the pandemic.
But there are concerns this may end the commemorations, as China seeks to impose a new law making undermining its authority a crime in the territory.
Lee Cheuk Yan, the chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, said the “unreasonable” ban on this year’s vigil means the end to Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems,” according to an article on the BBC’S website.
On Sunday, Cheuk Yan said if the gathering, which has been held in the city for 29 years, was banned that an online vigil would be held from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The alliance called for support for a global social-media campaign using the hashtag #6431truth.
Police have not issued authorization for recent protests, citing health concerns after the government put in place a ban on gatherings because of the coronavirus outbreak. The city currently doesn’t allow congregations of more than eight people, a restriction set to last until June 4.
The vigil in the city’s Victoria Park has attracted tens of thousands of people every year since 1990.