People in Hong Kong are being threatened by the Hong Police, who many people say are backed by the Chinese Communist Party, to not participate in the historic memorial of a massacre at the hands of the very same Communist party, 32 years earlier.
“Up to 5 years prison for attending Tiananmen Massacre vigil, Hong Kong gov’t warns – 1-year jail for publicizing it. It said offenders may also face charges under social distancing rules after police rejected an appeal from organizers,” wrote Tom Grundy.
A news report from Nairobi discusses details, and showing thousands had defied the order last year, however, concerns are that there is an elevated presence by the Chinese Communist Party, in Hong Kong, this year.
For the second consecutive year, Hong Kong police bans Tiananmen Massacre park vigil – which marks the deadly 1989 crackdown in Beijing. Thousands had defied the ban and massed peacefully in June last year. @eriknjoka tells you more pic.twitter.com/6KI2ropDZW
— WION (@WIONews) May 28, 2021
Hong Kong’s Security Bureau has warned Hongkongers not to take part in this year’s Tiananmen Massacre vigil on June 4, or commemorative long-distance run this Sunday.
“The relevant meetings and procession are unauthorised assemblies. No one should take part in it, or advertise or publicise it, or else he or she may violate the law’ a statement said on Saturday,” Grundy reported.
History Channel wrote about the original massacre:
“On June 4, 1989, however, Chinese troops and security police stormed through Tiananmen Square, firing indiscriminately into the crowds of protesters. Turmoil ensued, as tens of thousands of the young students tried to escape the rampaging Chinese forces. Other protesters fought back, stoning the attacking troops and overturning and setting fire to military vehicles. Reporters and Western diplomats on the scene estimated that at least 300, and perhaps thousands, of the protesters, had been killed and as many as 10,000 were arrested.
The savagery of the Chinese government’s attack shocked both its allies and Cold War enemies. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declared that he was saddened by the events in China. He said he hoped that the government would adopt his own domestic reform program and begin to democratize the Chinese political system.”
Voice of America reported on the threats to not attend:
“The United States on Wednesday condemned actions by Hong Kong authorities to stifle dissent, calling out attempts to erase memories of the Tiananmen Square massacre as the anniversary nears.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration called the Chinese government’s violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations in and around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, a massacre.
“The United States condemns actions by Hong Kong authorities that prompted organizers to close the June 4th Museum that commemorates the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre,” said State Department deputy spokesperson Jalina Porter during a telephone briefing.
“Hong Kong and Beijing authorities continue to silence dissenting voices by also attempting to erase the horrific massacre from history,” Porter added.
The State Department’s strong comments came as Hong Kong’s June 4th Museum said it would temporarily close because of a licensing probe by authorities.
No venue license
Days before the anniversary, Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said the museum had not obtained a public entertainment venue license and was potentially in breach of regulations.”
The museum said in a statement that it would close until further notice to protect the safety of staff and visitors and that further legal advice was needed.
Hong Kong police have cited COVID-19 restrictions in prohibiting an annual vigil to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre for the second consecutive year.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776