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Hong Kongers defy police order and collect for Tienanmen Square vigil

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People collect at the Tiananmen Square vigil remembrance in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, on June 4,2020

Miguel Candela/Anadolu Firm via Getty Images.


  • Hong Kong prohibited locals from memorializing the Tiananmen Square massacre for the first time, but thousands of protesters collected on Thursday anyhow.
  • The Hong Kong federal government mentioned the coronavirus as the reason for the ban, however lots of believe it to be a direct act of suppression, after China passed a national security law to squash Hong Kong dissent.
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    Lighting candle lights and shouting mottos, residents came out in numbers to defy a cops restriction that made it illegal to gather in groups of more than 8 individuals amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

    This was the first time the vigil to memorialize victims of Tienanmen Square has actually been banned given that it began in 1990.

    The Chinese federal government signed the national security legislation into law on May 28, and it ought to severly limit the capability for Hong Kongers to reveal dissent.

    These pictures show how people defied the federal government’s orders and collected to memorialize victims of the Tienanmen Square Massacre.

Every year on June 4, Hong Kong hosts gatherings to honor the hundreds of demonstrators who were killed by the Chinese government throughout a pro-democracy demonstration in Beijing’s Tienanmen Square in 1989.

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Participants were seen holding up candle lights which checks out “fact” on them during the memorial vigil in Victoria Park. Thousands gathered for the annual memorial vigil in Victoria Park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre regardless of a cops ban mentioning coronavirus social distancing limitations.

Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket through Getty Images.


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However on Monday, the area revealed it would ban locals from collecting for the annual vigil for the very first time considering that1990 Citing the coronavirus pandemic, the city forbade groups of 8 people or more.

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People wearing protective face masks hold up their phones as they attend a candlelight vigil ahead of the 31 st anniversary of the crackdown of pro-democracy demonstrations at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, after authorities rejects a mass yearly vigil on public health grounds, in Hong Kong, China June 3,2020

REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.


Sources: Business Expert, The New York Times

But that didn’t stop Hong Kongers from going out. Ahead of the demonstrations, people were seen hosting candlelight vigils.

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Individuals go to a candlelight vigil ahead of the 31 st anniversary of the crackdown of pro-democracy demonstrations at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, after authorities rejects a mass annual vigil on public health premises, in Hong Kong, China June 3,2020

REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.


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One prominent anti-China lawmaker, Eddie Chu, composed on Facebook previously in the day on Thursday, “See you at Victoria Park tonight.”

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Law enforcement officers stand guard at a candlelight vigil ahead of the 31 st anniversary of the crackdown of pro-democracy protests at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, after cops turns down a mass yearly vigil on public health premises, in Hong Kong, China June 3,2020

REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.


Source: Business Expert

And he was. Countless people hopped over fences and barriers to collect in the park and defy police orders, according to the New York Times.

Hong Kong vigil

Individuals taking part at the Tiananmen Square vigil remembrance in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on June 04,2020 Thousands of individuals allover Hong Kong lit candle lights on June 4 to celebrate Tiananmen massacre despite federal government ban versus gatherings.

Miguel Candela/Anadolu Company by means of Getty Images.


Source: The New York City Times

— Daniel Victor (@bydanielvictor) June 4, 2020

Throughout the park, lots of people sat quietly and lit candle lights. Some played tunes that were utilized throughout the 1989 demonstrations.

Hong Kong vigil

A participant was seen showing a poster which reads “Down with the Chinese Communist Celebration”, as well as another poster which checks out “let the candlelight ignites the fight; let the grieving becomes power” in the memorial vigil in Victoria Park.

Alda Tsang/SOPA Images/LightRocket by means of Getty Images.


Source: The New York Times

Statements were made over a loudspeaker encouraging people to preserve social distancing, and numerous protesters were seen doing so.

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People are sitting at Victoria Park while appreciating the social distancing guidelines throughout the Tiananmen Square vigil remembrance in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on June 04,2020

Miguel Candela/Anadolu Company via Getty Images.


Source: The New York City Times

Others gathered in a closer range to shout mottos and wave pro-democracy signs.

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Protesters wave Hong Kong self-reliance flags as they take part in a candlelight vigil to mark the 31 st anniversary of the crackdown of pro-democracy demonstrations at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, after police rejects a mass yearly vigil on public health premises, at Victoria Park, in Hong Kong, China June 4,2020

REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.


Numerous viewed the attempted restriction on the presentation as a way to additional suppress the voices of Hong Kongers.

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Individuals were seen holding up a banner which reads “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times” along with candles in the memorial vigil in Victoria Park.

Alda Tsang/SOPA Images/LightRocket through Getty Images.


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On May 28, the Chinese federal government passed a nationwide security law that will successfully crush protest motions and criticism against the government.

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Protesters wearing protective face masks take part in a candlelight vigil to mark the 31 st anniversary of the crackdown of pro-democracy demonstrations at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, after police turns down a mass yearly vigil on public health premises, at Victoria Park, in Hong Kong, China June 4,2020

REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.


Source: Service Expert

Though individuals collected in many locations to defy the police, numerous fear this might be the last Tienanmen Square vigil.

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Locals light candle lights during the Tiananmen Square vigil in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China on June 4,2020

Tommy Walker/NurPhoto through Getty Images.


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” It will be the last candlelight vigil prior to the national security act,” chairman Lee Cheuk-yan stated, according to The New York Times.

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A guy wearing a protective face mask searches as protesters participate in a candlelight vigil to mark the 31 st anniversary of the crackdown of pro-democracy protests at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, after authorities turns down a mass annual vigil on public health premises, at Victoria Park, in Hong Kong, China June 4,2020

REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.


Source: Business Insider

Nevertheless, Hong Kongers came out in numbers to fight against the new laws. In this image, protesters are seen doing a hand gesture that implies “5 demands, not one less” that was established last year during widespread pro-democracy protests.

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Individuals gesture the popular protest slogan ‘Five demands, not one less’ as they go to a vigil in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4,2020

YAN ZHAO/AFP through Getty Images.


At the University of Hong Kong, trainees were seen taking a moment of silence in front of a statue honoring the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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College student observe a minute of silence in front of the Pillar of Shame, a statue by Danish artist Jens Galschiot to celebrate the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing, at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in Hong Kong, China June 4,2020

REUTERS/Jessie Pang.


Here, a protester holds up an image from June 4, 1989, when 200 to 10,000 were approximated to have died, fighting for more political liberties.

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A man shows an image on his smart device of the Tiananmen crackdown throughout the Tiananmen Square vigil remembrance in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on June 04,2020

Miguel Candela/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.


Source: BBC

Protesters collected to reveal support in Taipei, Taiwan, on Thursday, too.

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Hong Kong anti-government demonstrators collect at Liberty Square in Taipei to mark the 31 st anniversary of the crackdown of pro-democracy protests at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, Taiwan, June 4,2020

REUTERS/Ann Wang.


Those who did not go to the protests personally were motivated to stand in uniformity by lighting candle lights in their windows.

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Individuals go to a candlelight vigil along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, to mark the 31 st anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing.

RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP by means of Getty Images.


Source: Service Expert

The gathering has actually historically been a way for Hong Kongers to memorialize the dead, advocate for democracy, and teach the youth about the brutal Tiananmen Square protests.

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2 siblings search as candles are lit throughout the Tiananmen Square vigil in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, June 4th2020

Tommy Walker/NurPhoto through Getty Images.


Source: The New York City Times

” What we are combating for is the very same: freedom and democracy. And they did so dealing with the risk of death,” Mary Li, a 23- year-old university student, told The New York Times about honoring the victims of Tiananmen Square.

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Individuals wave banners and flags of self-reliance and in assistance of the pro-democracy movement during the Tiananmen Square vigil remembrance in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on June 04,2020

Miguel Candela/Anadolu Firm by means of Getty Images.


Source: The New York Times

Though the protests were serene, authorities jailed and pepper-sprayed some protesters after some tried to block the roadway, Reuters reported.

Hong Kong arrests during vigil

Undercover cops jailed attendees during a memorial vigil in Mongkok on June 4, 2020 in Hong Kong, China.

Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images.


— Eileen Chang ⛑( @Hongkon 84458416) June 4, 2020

Source: Reuters

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