(ANSA-AFP) – HONG KONG, JUNE 04 – No public commemorations in Hong Kong for the 33rd anniversary of the bloody repression in Tiananmen Square. Citizens of the former British colony were forced to do so privately and quietly after police warning that no public gatherings would be tolerated. With sentences of up to 5 years of imprisonment.
This notice applied in particular to Victoria Park, the symbol of the vigil that had brought together thousands of people in previous years. Much of this park was closed last night and many officers were deployed today. Vigils had already been banned in 2020 and 2021 in the name of the fight against Covid-19. Then, last September, the Hong Kong Alliance (the activist organization had organized the vigil for 30 years) was dissolved, its June 4 Museum closed and its leaders arrested. For 33 years, the Chinese authorities have done everything possible to wipe Tiananmen from collective memory. (ANSA-AFP).