Five thousand police were deployed in Hong Kong on Friday; the organizer of the operation in China’s now-banned Tiananmen Square was arrested to prevent people from gathering in 1989. For any commemoration of the events.
Hong Kong usually has a mass vigilance Remember the victims when soldiers stormed a square full of protesters calling for democracy, but police have been banning events for the past two years, blaming the coronavirus epidemic.
This year is the first since China imposed it national security legislation On Hong Kong, which punishes everything Beijing considers sabotage, secession, “terrorism” or cooperation with foreign powers, up to life imprisonment.
The police did not explain whether to mention the memory of the history on the continent would violate the law, but on Thursday that any gathering is “a significant threat to the health and life” and warned participants in the “unauthorized gatherings”. threaten up to five years in prison.
“The police will deploy appropriate personnel to the appropriate locations and will take decisive action to enforce the law, including arrests,” the police said.
About 7,000 officers will be stopped and searched throughout the day, public broadcaster RTHK reported, citing anonymous sources.
Hong Kong was promised political and civil liberties that were unknown on the mainland when it returned to power in China in 1997, but since the National Security Act was introduced nearly a year ago, dozens of pro-democracy activists, including popularly elected lawmakers, have been arrested. and some have been imprisoned. The others were exiled.
Chow Hang-tun, vice president of the Hong Kong Bloc, which organizes the annual patrol of China’s patriotic democratic movement, was arrested Friday morning by plainclothes officers near his downtown office.
A police source told AFP that Chow was being held in accordance with Section 17A of Public Order, which covers public gatherings.
The executive director of the area, Kerry Lam, did not comment on the commemoration, saying that only citizens should respect the law, like the Communist Party, which celebrates its 100th anniversary next month.
Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents protested against last year’s curfew by gathering in Victoria Park as they had for 30 years.
Many intend to light a candle again in their neighborhood if it is safe. Some churches will be open for prayer.
Imprisoned activist Jim Imi Sham said on his Facebook page that he intended to “light a cigarette at 8 pm.”
“We do not see any hope for democracy or freedom in a leader, group or ceremony. “Each of us is a hope for democracy and freedom.”
Last month, osh Oshua Wong, a well-known activist, was sentenced to 10 months in prison. pleaded guilty to participating in last year’s vigil, and the other three were sentenced to four to six months. More than 20 people are due to appear in court on June 11 on such charges.
The Hong Kong Alliance has announced that it will reject calls for people to come to Victoria Park and not hold an online memorial service, as in 2020.
Its chairman Li Cheuk-yan is in prison for illegal assembly.
On Wednesday, June 4, the museum in Hong Kong announced that it would be temporarily closed due to an investigation into having a patent for a public entertainment venue.
Tiananmen commemoration events are banned in China, and the Macau Semi-Automatic Territory is also banned on June 4.
A memorial pavilion will be set up in Taipei, Taiwan’s Democratic Republic of Taiwan, where people can lay flowers while observing the rules of social exclusion. More than 64 light-emitting diodes or LEDs will be installed in the square.
China has never fully presented the 1989 About what happened. Days later, the death toll from officials was about 300, most of them soldiers, but human rights groups say eyewitnesses say thousands may have been killed.