The Tiananmen crackdown occurred on June 4, 1989 ending months of student-led demonstrations in China. It is estimated that hundreds, perhaps thousands, died when the People’s Liberation Army cracked down on protesters in Beijing.

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Hong Kong court orders information about investigation into Tiananmen vigil group be disclosed

Hong Kong court orders information about investigation into Tiananmen vigil group be disclosed

Legal representatives prosecuting the former organiser of Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen vigils have been ordered to disclose some materials relating to the investigation into the group to the defence. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support for Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, the disbanded group behind the candlelight vigils, has been accused by national security police…

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The Tiananmen Massacre statue and the purging of Hong Kong

The Tiananmen Massacre statue and the purging of Hong Kong

A nightmarish eight-metre-high tangerine-coloured cenotaph composed of intertwined naked bodies with hands outreached and mouths agape, the Pillar of Shame was never a subtle symbol. Today, however, it is truly performing its identity, heaping shame upon shame as the university that has housed it for a quarter of a century demands its removal. Yet the…

Hong Kong’s security chief – the most dangerous person in town?

Hong Kong’s security chief – the most dangerous person in town?

Who is the most dangerous person in Hong Kong today?  No, it’s not the 15-year-old girl locked up this month and denied bail for allegedly inciting subversion. And it’s not any one of her three 16-year-old supposed partners in crime, charged with the same offence.  Perhaps it once was Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, the founder of…

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HKFP Lens: Hongkongers mark Tiananmen Massacre 32nd anniversary amid police ban – Part 2

HKFP Lens: Hongkongers mark Tiananmen Massacre 32nd anniversary amid police ban – Part 2

Hongkongers wandered around Causeway Bay holding candles and waving their phone flashlights to commemorate victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre on Friday evening. Police raised warning flags and stopped and searched black-clad people, some holding electronic candles. Victoria Park was empty on June 4 for the first time in 32 years after the force…

HKFP Lens: Thousands remember Tiananmen victims and chant pro-democracy slogans across Hong Kong

HKFP Lens: Thousands remember Tiananmen victims and chant pro-democracy slogans across Hong Kong

Thousands in Hong Kong gathered across various districts to remember the Tiananmen Massacre victims on Thursday – the 31st anniversary of the bloody crackdown. Despite the coronavirus-related police ban of the annual candlelight vigil at Victoria Park, the football pitches were filled as crowds observed a moment’s silence and sang commemorative songs. HKFP’s May James…

HKFP Lens: Hong Kong students clean Tiananmen Massacre Pillar of Shame

HKFP Lens: Hong Kong students clean Tiananmen Massacre Pillar of Shame

The eight-metre tall Pillar of Shame statue which sits on the University of Hong Kong campus connects a Danish artist, China and Hong Kong with the commemoration of 1989 Tiananmen Massacre victims. Each year, on June 4, students wash the statue – HKFP’s May James photographed the tradition. “The old cannot kill the young forever,”…

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‘Statues tell stories, but so does removing them’: Hong Kong’s 48-hour campus crackdown on the memory of the Tiananmen Massacre

‘Statues tell stories, but so does removing them’: Hong Kong’s 48-hour campus crackdown on the memory of the Tiananmen Massacre

It was around 5 a.m. on Christmas Eve when Lingnan University student Eric Tong heard someone pounding on the door of his dormitory room. Still half-asleep, the 23-year-old Hongkonger slowly got up and noticed his phone had been buzzing for minutes, as messages repeatedly popped up in a student union group chat.  There were more…

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