Hong Kong has held a candlelight vigil to remember the Tiananmen Square massacre every year for the past three decades.
But this year, for the first time, the memorial has been banned in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Police cited the coronavirus outbreak and restrictions on mass gatherings.
People defied the ban and gathered to commemorate the Chinese army’s crackdown on democracy protests in Beijing in 1989.
On the same day, Hong Kong’s legislative council passed a law criminalising disrespect of China’s national anthem.
And last week, Beijing approved national security laws specifically for the city.
So, can Hong Kong’s democracy and autonomy survive these challenges?
Presenter: Bernard Smith
Emily Lau – Member of Hong Kong’s opposition Democratic Party.
Andy Mok – Senior Research Fellow at the Center for China and Globalization.
Roderic Wye – Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House.
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