Dressed in mourning clothes, holding flowers and candles, and waving cell phone flashlights, Hong Kong residents found ways to commemorate the Tiananmen massacre on its 32nd anniversary during the day on Friday. Despite Chinese regime bans and police warnings that implemented a massive deployment in the city.
Hundreds of police officers were deployed at Victoria Park in central Hong Kong Friday night, knowing that many people intended to show up for the city’s annual Tiananmen massacre vigil, despite a ban imposed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Associated Press reported.
The park has been used annually for years to hold a vigil commemorating the massacre perpetrated in Tiananmen by the CCP on June 4, 1989, following a student protest.
However, CCP authorities banned all commemorations for the second consecutive year in Hong Kong, citing social distancing restrictions due to possible contagion of the CCP Virus, although there have been no local cases in the semi-autonomous Chinese city for about six weeks.
Police followed Party guidelines and closed parts of Victoria Park and warned people not to participate in memorial assemblies, which, if not complied with, could carry a penalty of up to five years in prison.
Unlike other years when protesters stop at a particular place, this time, in the face of the intimidating number of police, hundreds of black-clad activists could be seen wandering the streets around the park holding candles. Police tried to disperse them, unfurling banners warning that they were breaking the law. Authorities extended their cordon around the park and kept people and bystanders always on the move.
A video posted by the Hong Kong Free Press news agency clearly reflects what happened on a special Friday night in the city.
Some people took the opportunity to demonstrate against the communist regime and chanted slogans in favor of democracy and Hong Kong independence, including “free Hong Kong, revolution of our time,” which authorities say is illegal under the new security law imposed by the CCP.
Officers also patrolled inside the park and on the streets around Causeway Bay, stopping and searching pedestrians as they walked through nearby streets holding electronic candles or phone lights.
At least four men and two women, aged between 20 and 75, were arrested as of 10 p.m. Friday, police said on Facebook. They were charged with committing offenses that included inciting others to participate in an unauthorized assembly, common assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct in public, and obstructing police.
Several individuals claimed to have been fined for violating restrictions imposed by the CCP virus.
In addition, some pro-democracy leaders were arrested during the day and charged with being organizers of the massive event. Such is the case of Chow Hang-tung and activist Raphael Wong of the League of Social Democrats, who were detained and searched by police near the park.