(ANSA) – HONG KONG, JUNE 04 – Hong Kong police have announced that they will close much of Victoria Park, once the site of annual vigils to commemorate the Chinese repression of Tiananmen, on the eve of the 33rd anniversary of the massacre.
The announcement comes the day after the warning from the authorities who warned citizens that going to the park tomorrow, June 4, even alone, means breaking the law. In the past, huge crowds regularly gathered in the large public space to pay tribute to the victims of the Chinese government’s crackdown in 1989, when soldiers fired on protesters demanding political and economic reforms. Public commemorations are almost banned on the mainland, and until recently, semi-autonomous Hong Kong was the only place in China where large-scale commemoration was still tolerated. Things have changed since Beijing imposed a national security law two years ago. (HANDLE).