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China’s Warning About ‘Dictatorship’ Chant Chills Hong Kong Vigil

  • Pro-Beijing figures suggest barring protesters from office
  • Event is held each year to mark Tiananmen Square crackdown
Demonstrators attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2017.
Demonstrators attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2017.Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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For 28 years, tens of thousands of Hong Kong democracy advocates have marked the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown by rallying for political change in China. This year, they faced new risk in doing so.

At issue are a series of slogans chanted during a mass candlelight vigil in Victoria Park, specifically one demanding an “end to one-party dictatorship.” That act of defiance has come under new scrutiny after the former top Chinese official in Hong Kong suggested that those who utter the phrase should be barred from running for office.