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Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Tiananmen 1989: Hong Kong Activist Chow Hang Tung Fights to Keep Memorial” – below is their description.
Shortly after Hong Kong rejected an application for tens of thousands to commemorate China’s deadly 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square, activist Chow Hang Tung couldn’t stand by a sidewalk booth showcasing the June 4 incident without police turning up.
About a dozen officers arrived with a loudspeaker Saturday to warn Chow and other activists they could be prosecuted for violating Covid-19 rules if a crowd gathered on the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown. One person received a HK$5,000 ($645) ticket for handing out electric candles and matchboxes marked “Never Surrender” to mark the Chinese military’s intervention on June 4, 1989.
“The pandemic is being used as pretext for cracking down on political demonstration — I think that is very obvious,” said Chow, 36, a lawyer and leader of the group that applied to hold the annual vigil in Victoria Park. “You don’t see other countries completely banning all sorts of assembly. You don’t see other places where you can go to work normally, you can go to beaches and all sort of crowded places, but not a political demonstration.”
Chow Hang Tung, 36, an organizer of the vigil before police denied it a permit last week, was among two people arrested early Friday on suspicion of promoting unauthorized assemblies, police said.Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel
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Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
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