Brawls as Hong Kong bans Tiananmen vigil
Safety was tight on Friday night time in Hong Kong, as police locked down a park that hosts an annual vigil for the 1989 Tiananmen Sq. crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. The vigil is normally the most important June 4th occasion on the earth. However authorities banned it for a second yr in a row, citing the worldwide well being disaster. 1000’s of police patrolled the streets. Small clashes broke out in a part of town and at the least six individuals had been arrested. Regardless of the fears, some gathered holding lights close to the cordoned off park. A well-recognized face was Alexandra Wong referred to as “Grandmother Wong” who appeared with a yellow umbrella, an emblem of the protest motion. “Right now is, I believe, the (sixth time) that I bear in mind June 4. Perhaps I can be arrested once more, however I’ve to return right here, to recollect Liu Xiaobo.” The birthday of this yr was the primary underneath a sweeping and controversial nationwide safety legislation imposed by Beijing on its freest metropolis final yr. China largely censors the crackdown. Loss of life Authorities’ dying toll just a few days later was round 300, largely troopers, however rights teams and witnesses say hundreds might have died. The vigil on June 4 is broadly considered an emblem of the democratic goals of the semi-autonomous metropolis. I’m each somewhat nervous and still have a sense of concern. As at all times, each time somebody exhibits dedication, there can be different individuals popping out. If all of us get used to the state of issues, that day will lastly come, when issues occurring on the mainland occur in Hong Kong. Throughout city this week, an annual vigil organizer was arrested, and a museum to commemorate Tiananmen was closed. Nonetheless, some marked the anniversary in church buildings and held a “residence mild demonstration”.