Organizers of an annual vigil to commemorate the Chinese Communist government’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy student protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 said on Saturday they lost a call to hold this year’s rally. .
The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of China’s Democratic Patriotic Movements is scheduled to hold a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park next Friday.
This is the second year that Hong Kong police have banned the vigil, citing restrictions on coronaviruses.
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“We have to apologize to the public. Hong Kong Alliance can no longer hold the candlelight vigil this year legally. We will stop promoting the vigil, the alliance’s Richard Tsoi told reporters.
“On that day, we are not going, as an organization and members of the Hong Kong Alliance, to appear and join us.”
Tsoi said he believes Hong Kong people will always commemorate the June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy activists peacefully.
Samuel Chu, who heads the Hong Kong Democracy Council in Washington, retweeted an image of Tsoi making his statement, writing: “We will light a candle for you and for all of Hong Kong.”
The Hong Kong Security Bureau issued a statement warning people not to participate in illegal gatherings or violate the national security law imposed on the territory by Beijing.
Liauw Ka-kei, chief superintendent of the Hong Kong Island region, told a press conference that police welcomed the appeal board’s decision, also urging the public not to not participate in or publish an unauthorized gathering.
“The police have reasonable grounds to believe that the activities not only include the risk of infecting Covid-19 from participants and others, but also pose a serious threat to the life and health of all citizens,” compromising public safety and affecting the rights of others. ,” he said.
Liauw said police will take a zero-tolerance approach and take resolute action against anyone who breaks the law.
The security law combined with the coronavirus restrictions freed the city streets of protesters after anti-government protests plunged the financial center into turmoil in 2019.