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Hongkongers strive to remember Tiananmen crackdown despite ban on candlelight vigil | Global Voices

Hong Kong has held candlelight vigils to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre for over 30 years, but this tradition — like so many cherished by HongKongers — is facing extinction as Beijing tightens the screws.

On June 1, for the first time in history, Hong Kong police sent a letter of objection regarding the annual candlelight vigil to the event’s organizer, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China (HK Alliance).

In the letter, police called the vigil a “major threat to public health”.

COVID-19 has been under control for weeks on the island and a number of physical distancing measures have been lifted — bars and beauty salons have been reopened, while elementary school students went back to school in May.

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