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Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Memorials Muted for Third Year Running

  • Chief Executive warned security law would apply to all events
  • Officials have crackdown on any mention of crackdown in city
Police officers walk through the closed-off football pitches at Victoria Park on June 4. 

Police officers walk through the closed-off football pitches at Victoria Park on June 4. 

Photographer: Bertha Wang/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong memorials for the anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre were absent for the third year in a row on Saturday, as Covid curbs and a crackdown on freedoms suppress public recognition of the event.

No group applied to hold the once-annual vigil in Victoria Park, which previously attracted as many as 180,000 people holding candles and listening to speeches calling for greater democracy. The group that organized the June 4 event disbanded in September under the pressure of a national security probe.