Despite a government ban on the annual event to commemorate the lives lost in 1989 during the Tiananmen Square Massacre, hundreds of people in Hong Kong still gathered to pay their respects.
Last year, Hong Kong authorities banned the yearly vigil held at Victoria Park for the first time. As The New York Times reported at the time, “The order cited the need to enforce social-distancing rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the justification for the ban.” The move came last summer as the Chinese Communist government took action to impose new security laws on Hong Kong that critics decried at the time as “the end of Hong Kong.”
Hong Kong police banned the vigil again this year allegedly because of coronavirus social distancing restrictions even though, as The Associated Press reported, “there have been no local cases in the semi-autonomous Chinese city for about six weeks.”
Law enforcement shut down parts of Victoria Park, where people have gathered