Hong Kong Bans Tiananmen Massacre Vigil Again, Citing Coronavirus Restrictions

Hong Kong Bans Tiananmen Massacre Vigil Again, Citing Coronavirus Restrictions


Hong Kong officials announced Tuesday they would ban the annual June 4 Victoria Park vigil to commemorate the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square due to coronavirus restrictions. The vigil was banned for similar reasons in 2020.

The Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported that Hong Kong’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has suspended processing applications “across the board” for leases that could be part of the Victoria Park commemoration. A department spokesman implied this suspension might be temporary, but gave no hint of when application processing might resume.

“In response to the latest situation of Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus], the department has suspended processing of booking applications for free recreational and sports venues for non-designated activities until further notice,” said the official LCSD statement.

Hong Kong’s Beijing-controlled chief executive, Carrie Lam, also insisted on Tuesday that the Tiananmen vigil has not been formally canceled — but her comments

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