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Hong Kong police disperse protesters in defiance of the Tiananmen Memorial Vigil veto

June 4, 2020

The security forces intervened to disperse some Hong Kong gatherings Thursday to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, although the police had banned these acts for public health reasons to prevent coronavirus infection .

The political opposition and activist groups had condemned a political intention in this veto, which is why the organizers decided to hold small vigils in different parts of the former British colony to circumvent the police ban.

According to the South China Morning Post, more than 3,000 officers have been deployed to prevent these concentrations. At some points, groups of concentrated people on speakers were warned that they would violate an order and could be arrested for illegal demonstration.

Hong Kong police disperse protesters in defiance of the Tiananmen Memorial Vigil vetoHong Kong police disperse protesters in defiance of the Tiananmen Memorial Vigil veto

Tension has increased over time and there have been clashes between the police and demonstrators using pepper spray. Security measures in the Chinese central government office have also been tightened, fearing that this could become the scene of revolts.

Not surprisingly, on the same day during the mobilizations that you heard again against the Chinese regime, you gave the go-ahead for a reform that punishes any lack of respect for the anthem. This controversy is added to the national security law that Beijing plans to impose in Hong Kong.