Hong Kong Police Block Tiananmen Events, Citing the Pandemic

The Hong Kong police, citing the persevering with menace of the coronavirus, rejected a request to carry a march and candlelight vigil to recollect these killed in the 1989 crackdown on the Tiananmen protest, occasion organizers mentioned on Thursday.

Pro-democracy activists mentioned that they imagine the authorities used the pandemic as a pretext to dam the politically delicate occasions, scheduled for May 30 and June four, that are the solely large-scale Tiananmen memorial observances held on Chinese soil. The organizers mentioned that they’d enchantment the determination.

The police additionally blocked the march and vigil final yr due to the pandemic. Thousands of individuals gathered anyway at Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island. Four activists, together with Joshua Wong, got jail sentences starting from 4 months to 10 months for taking part in the unauthorized meeting. Another 20 persons are scheduled to seem in courtroom on associated costs subsequent month.

Hong Kong has saved coronavirus circumstances comparatively low, with simply 24 infections reported over the previous two weeks in the metropolis of seven.5 million individuals. Public occasions together with Art Basel soccer matches have lately been held with some restrictions, akin to lowered capacities, contact registration and required use of face masks.