BREAKING: Hong Kong police ban annual Tiananmen vigil for first time in 30 years, citing Covid-19 measures


BREAKING: Hong Kong police ban annual Tiananmen vigil for first time in 30 years, citing Covid-19 measures

Hong Kong police have banned the annual vigil marking the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre for the first time in 30 years, citing coronavirus public gathering restrictions.

On Monday, the force wrote a letter to Richard Tsoi – vice-chair of Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China – which organises the June 4 candlelight event, saying it objected to the planned assembly due to current social distancing measures.

Photo: inmediahk.net.

“Public assemblies are a high-risk activity due to large crowds gathering. Police believe that the event will not only increase participants’ chances of contracting the virus, but also threaten citizens’ lives and health, thus endangering public safety and affecting the rights of others,” it read.

Rachel Wong previously worked as a documentary producer and academic researcher. She has a BA in Comparative Literature and European Studies from the University of Hong Kong. She has contributed to A City Made by People and The Funambulist, and has an interest in cultural journalism and gender issues.


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