Tiananmen Square anniversary: Protesters arrested and threatened with 1 year in prison

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    Police in Hong Kong have threatened to arrest anyone who attends the 32nd annual Tiananmen Square massacre vigil after the organiser was detained.

    It’s the second year running that authorities there have banned the gathering in an attempt to shut down pro-democracy activism in the city.

    The vigil commemorates the military crackdown in June 1989 which led to hundreds of deaths.

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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.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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