Organizers lose appeal to hold Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong

Organizers of an annual vigil to commemorate the bloody crackdown by the Chinese Communist government against student-led anti-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989 said Saturday they had lost appeal to hold this year’s rally.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of China’s Patriotic Democratic Movements planned to hold a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park next Friday.

This is the second year Hong Kong police have banned the vigil, citing coronavirus restrictions.

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“We have to apologize to the public. The Hong Kong Alliance can no longer legally organize the candlelight vigil this year. We will stop promoting the vigil, said Richard Tsoi of the Alliance with the press.

“On that day we as an organization and members of the Hong Kong Alliance will not appear and join.”

Tsoi said he believed Hong Kong people would continue to peacefully remember the crackdown on pro-democracy activists on June 4th.

Samuel Chu, who heads the Hong Kong Democracy Council in Washington, retweeted a picture of Tsoi making his statement saying, “We’re going to light a candle for you and all of Hong Kong.”

The Hong Kong Security Bureau issued a statement warning people not to attend illegal gatherings or to violate the national security law that Beijing has imposed on the territory.

Liauw Ka-kei, chief superintendent of the Hong Kong Island region, said at a press conference that police welcomed the Board of Appeal’s decision and asked the public not to attend or publish an unauthorized meeting.

“The police have reasonable grounds to believe that the activities not only involve the risk of participants and others becoming infected with Covid-19, but also pose a serious threat to the life and health of all citizens, endangering public safety and affect the rights of others, “he said.

Liauw said the police will take a zero tolerance approach and take decisive action against anyone who breaks the law.

The security law, coupled with coronavirus restrictions, cleared the city’s streets of protesters after anti-government demonstrations rioted the financial center in 2019.

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