Hong Kong Alliance’s Vigil for Tiananmen Square Anniversary, Held for Decades, Banned by City Authorities

Country: Hong Kong
June 17, 2020

On June 4, the World Movement community stood in solidarity with the Hong Kong Alliance and the people of Hong Kong to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

For 30 years, the Hong Kong Alliance has organized a June 4 candlelight vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park as a place for people to publicly mourn the lives lost during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations. However, city authorities banned this month’s vigil stating that the gathering posed a COVID-19 health risk.

Nonetheless tens of thousands of citizens ignored the government ban and gathered in Victoria Park on June 4 to pay homage to the pro-democracy students that were killed. On June 11, Lee Cheuk-yan, the president of the Hong Kong Alliance, announced that he and three other pro-democracy activists have been charged with inciting an unauthorized assembly and their case will appear in court on June 23.

To read Hong Kong Alliance’s statement on their charges of unauthorized assembly, click here.