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Hong Kong Bans Tiananmen Vigil for First Time in Three Decades

  • Event organizer says commemoration will be held online instead
  • Move comes amid heightening concern about Hong Kong autonomy
A man holds a candle at Victoria Park during a candlelight vigil to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Hong Kong, on June 4, 2019. 

A man holds a candle at Victoria Park during a candlelight vigil to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Hong Kong, on June 4, 2019. 

Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong’s police for the first time banned people from gathering on June 4 to commemorate the 1989 crackdown on activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, fueling concerns about the Asian financial hub’s dwindling autonomy.

Lee Cheuk-yan, chairperson of the event’s organizing body, confirmed the ceremony had been outlawed this year. Authorities cited the “significant threat” to the lives and health of the public given the high risk of transmission of the coronavirus, according to an emailed statement late Monday.