Why Does China Forbid HongKong To Organize A Tiananmen Vigil Now?

For the very first time in 30 years, the Beijing government has forbidden the authorities in HongKong to organize a vigil for the remembrance of the Tiananmen massacre.

According to official explanation, the decision to forbid the vigil this year was due to fears over the spread of coronavirus.

“Police believe the event will not only increase participants’ chances of contracting the virus, but also threaten citizens’ lives and health, thus endangering public safety and affecting the rights of others,” the official press release from Beijing stated said.

Amnesty International reacted harshly to the news, stating that Chinese authorities should at least facilitate a socially distanced vigil rather than ban it outright.

Joshua Rosenzweig of Amnesty International stated: “Covid-19 must not be used as an excuse to stifle freedom of expression. With this ban, and a disastrous national security law looming, it is not clear if Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil will ever be allowed to take place again.”

4 June 1989

30 years have passed since the violent June 4, 1989 government crack down on thousands of young college students who had occupied the square, demanding democracy and press freedom from Chinese authorities. The image or any search for it is forbidden in China and internet searches, even on websites like Google or Bing will yield no results if searched from a Chinese IP address.

The Chinese authorities have since banned even oblique references the events of June 4, 1989, which came after weeks of mass demonstrations that were tolerated by the government.

Main picture credit : https://www.flickr.com/photos/theredproject/3590746689

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