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Authorities in Hong Kong, Macao Prohibit Commemoration of Tiananmen Square Massacre

Both Hong Kong and Macao authorities banned residents from taking part in events commemorating the pro-democracy protests of Tiananmen Square in 1989, days before June 4 – a historic day for Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders. that a massacre against the regime protesters.

On June 1, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam stressed during a press conference that all agencies, groups, media and schools must comply with the law introduced by the National Security in Beijing as June 4 approaches.

When asked if residents are allowed under the draconian law to utter a slogan such as ‘End One-Party Rule’, Lam evaded the question. Instead, she replied that there should be no activities against the Constitution of China in Hong Kong.

At the same time, the city’s pro-Beijing authorities are banning the Alliance in Hong Kong in support of patriotic democratic movements in China from holding their annual candlelight vigil in Victoria Park on May 29, as well as blocking a demonstration in honor of the 32nd anniversary of the June 4 incident.

Surprisingly, activist Alexandra Wong, a wealthy local senior citizen, was arrested on May 31 by a large group of police officers on a charge of ‘unauthorized meeting’ when she arrived alone at Southorn Playground in Wan Chai – the starting point of the proposed parade route. She held signs of protest and planned to walk the forbidden route to the liaison office of the Central People’s Government – the highest authority of the CCP in the city. She was released after a night of detention.

On the same day, John Shum, a well-known social activist, filmmaker and commentator, called on fellow Hong Kongers to state their views. an interview with international studies scholar Simon Shen.

“We need to be loyal to our conscience, no matter what happens to Hong Kong or what pressure we may experience,” Shum said. He suggested that Hong Kongers hold a candle to their window on the evening of June 4 as an expression of their thoughts.

“Conscience will never be overcome,” he added. “No state power can stop me from remembering the incident.”

Chen Qinghua, a former member of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) and a witness to the June 4 massacre in Beijing, told The Epoch Times in an interview on May 28, “The balancing logic – the Westernized separation of powers between different institutions – has been completely destroyed in Hong Kong, although it has been costly here in history.”

He also said that the student protests – protests or hunger strikes – were all voluntary and never incited by others, or as the government claims were ‘hostile foreign forces’. The protesters at the time still believed in the CCP and never tried to confront it, Chen said.

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He added that protesters at the time believed it was absurd for the CCP to send military tanks to Tiananmen Square to enforce the repression.

With the implementation of Beijing’s national security law, the freedoms that Hong Kongers enjoy throughout are visibly and quickly defended.

On May 6, 26 pro-democracy activists who participated in the vigil were sentenced to four to ten months in prison on charges of ‘participating in an unauthorized meeting’. They included dissidents Joshua Wong, Lester Shum, Tiffany Yuen Ka-wai and Jannelle Rosalynne Leung, among others.

Macao

In the former Spanish colony of Macao, police have for the first time identified any Tiananmen-related events as ‘encouraging state power’ in a May 25 response to the Macao Union for Democratic Development.

Au Kam San, a former member of the Macau Legislative Assembly, told The Epoch Times on May 29 that police are now claiming that candlelight vigils in memory of the June 4 incident are in violation of criminal law.

He argued that it was ridiculous to declare the events held over the past thirty years ‘illegal’, while the city’s criminal law developed in 1995 remained unchanged.

Historically, residents of Hong Kong and Macao have provided tremendous moral and financial support to the protesters of Tiananmen Square during the campaigns for democracy in China.

On May 21, 1989, a day after the CCP purged Communist Party Secretary-General Zhao Ziyang, who was sympathetic to protesters, and declared martial law in Beijing, an unprecedented march took place in the capital and drew more than 1 million people in support of the pro-democracy students in Beijing.

As organizer of the Hong Kong protests, Lee Cheuk-Yan, a former member of the Legislative Council (LegCo), told the Chinese language BBC in 1999: “Only when China enjoys democracy and freedom can Hong Kong get the best protection.”

After Beijing launched its bloody repression of protesters on June 3-4, 1989, Hong Kong citizens again donated money to launch the hidden “Operation Yellow Bird” to rescue wanted or persecuted democracy activists from mainland China.

Macau residents also expressed support for the protests in Beijing.

On the afternoon of June 4, 1989, nearly 200,000 Macao residents – half of the then local population – took to the streets and a record demonstration against the murder of Beijing seeking civilians for democracy. Some burned images of Deng Xiaoping, Li Peng and Yang Shangkun, who were primarily responsible for ordering the slaughter.

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