Hong Kong Tiananmen Memorial Organizer Indicted

One of the Hong Kong commemoration organisers of the Tiananmen protest has been charged with inciting others to contribute to an illegal rally. Earlier this month, police refused to authorize the annual June 4 vigil for victims of the Beijing massacre.

 

Co-organizer Chow Hang-tung called on Hong Kongers to light a candle in the run-up to the banned commemoration. Not at the permanent memorial location, but “anywhere”. The 37-year-old woman was released on bail two days after her arrest but was arrested again on Wednesday.

The vigil was not allowed for the second year in a row. The police cited the corona pandemic as the reason, but critics point to the increased influence from Beijing. Unlike mainland China, the semi-autonomous region is allowed to commemorate the victims of the Tiananmen protest on June 4, 1989. Possibly thousands of demonstrators were killed by the Chinese army.

According to a police officer, Chow was also arrested for calling on people to participate in a prohibited meeting on July 1. Further details have not been disclosed. At the beginning of this week, the police announced that they would not grant permission for the annual protest march on July 1, just like last year. The pandemic was also quoted as the reason for this.

Every year on July 1, the day on which the former British crown colony became part of China again in 1997, Hong Kong hosts a protest march on various topics. Local media report that 10,000 agents are being deployed against meetings that violate the corona measures. Thousands of extra officers were also active in the metropolis on the day of the Tiananmen commemoration.

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