Lighting a candle for Tiananmen and HK freedoms

Every 4 June for the past three decades, tens of thousands of Hongkongers occupy gathered in a park to defend a candlelight vigil, mourning these killed in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing.

The incident, additionally known as “June Fourth”, is realistic extremely politically tranquil in the mainland. Hong Kong has been one in every of the very few areas in China which has allowed public commemoration – nonetheless now this observe is beneath possibility.

Authorities occupy banned the match for the 2d year in a row. They’ve cited Covid issues – nonetheless activists anguish it’s some distance allotment of an ongoing crackdown on Hong Kong freedoms including arrests of activists.

Chow Grasp Tung, vice-chairperson of the vigil’s organiser Hong Kong Alliance, has been calling for these in town to gentle candles.

She spoke to the BBC a entire lot of days forward of her arrest on the morning of 4 June.

Video by Wei Wang and Lam Cho Wai of BBC Chinese. Extra production by Tessa Wong.

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