Hong Kong may be without any organized gatherings for the first time in 30 years as the 64th anniversary approaches

Hong Kong may be without any organized gatherings for the first time in 30 years as the 64th anniversary approaches

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On the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on June 4, tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong's Victoria Park to mourn the dead. (June 4, 2009)


June 4, 2022, happens to be a public holiday on Saturday, but due to the severe crackdown by the authorities and the sudden contraction of Hong Kong's political freedom, it is expected that Hong Kong will not see any organized gatherings to commemorate the June 4th incident for the first time in more than three decades.


As of the past week, no political, religious or other civic groups have submitted an application to the authorities for a rally. This is the first time since Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong on June 30, 2020.

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Outgoing Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor was asked during a meeting with the media on Tuesday (May 31, 2022) whether citizens would break the law if they showed up in Victoria Park on June 4 and if they lit candles at home. Violating the National Security Law. She replied that any gatherings need to comply with Hong Kong laws, including the national security law, social distancing measures to deal with the new crown epidemic, etc. As for whether lighting candles at home would violate the National Security Law, Carrie Lam did not respond directly.


On the evening of June 3 and the early morning of June 4, 1989, the CCP dispatched hundreds of thousands of troops to forcefully suppress the students and civilians who were holding protests in Beijing. During this period, as many as thousands of students and civilians may have been shot or run over by tanks.


From 1990 to 2019, the June 4th Candlelight Gala in Victoria Park in Hong Kong has been the most eye-catching sight in the commemoration of June 4th around the world. However, in 2020, the Hong Kong police banned the stake for the first time from holding a candlelight gala in Victoria Park on the grounds of the new crown epidemic. Many backbones of the stake and the pro-democracy faction and a large number of people still insisted on spontaneously going to Victoria Park to mourn June 4th. Many of them were arrested for this. Authorities were arrested and charged, and some were convicted and sentenced.

In 2021, on the first 64th anniversary

In 2021, on the first 64th anniversary after Beijing imposed the National Security Law, the police continued to refuse to approve the June 4th Candlelight Gala in Victoria Park on the grounds of the epidemic. A large number of citizens are still "flowering" all over Hong Kong, lighting candles to mourn by themselves, but many people have been arrested for this.



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In addition, the Hong Kong National Security Police charged the head of the stake with "incitement to subversion" in accordance with the National Security Law, and called the stake a "foreign agent", requiring them to hand over information about the organization's members, financial status, and overseas contacts.

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Five leaders

The stake rejected the police request. Subsequently, the police arrested five leaders of the stake, including Zou Xingtong, the former vice-chairman of the stake, and four members of the Standing Committee, Deng Yuejun, Liang Jinwei, Chen Duowei, and Xu Hanguang, and charged them with the crime of "not complying with the notification requirements to provide information".


On September 25 of that very year, under huge tension, the Hong Kong Stake, which had facilitated the June fourth Candlelight Gala in Victoria Park for quite a long time, had to declare its disintegration.

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