TIANAN­MEN VIGIL EX­PECTED TO GO ON­LINE

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

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.

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