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 veteran democrat Albert Ho denied bail again over Tiananmen vigil group case

Veteran activist Albert Ho was denied bail on Wednesday over a case of inciting subversion of state power. The former leader of the now disbanded Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China was prosecuted alongside committee members Lee Cheuk-yan and Chow Hang-tung. The alliance itself – which organised mass vigils to…

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Why banning Hong Kong’s Tiananmen crackdown commemorations highlights the authorities’ insecurities

Another anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown has come and gone. This year – like last year – the authorities mobilised thousands of police officers to ensure that no organised event took place. Officials closed Victoria Park and ramped up stop and searches, threatening anyone who looked “suspicious” with possible national security law violations, such as…

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?

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: Darkness in the park – Three decades of Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Massacre vigil

Police sealed off Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Saturday, blocking access to the only venue in China where the commemoration of the crackdown on June 4, 1989 in Beijing has traditionally been allowed over the past 30 years. Police made six arrests – for unauthorised assembly, obstructing police and for possession of an offensive weapon.…

HKFP Lens: Hong Kong press group announces winners of annual news photo contest

The Hong Kong Press Photographers Association (HKPPA) announced the winners of its annual Focus at the Frontline news photo contest on Sunday. Photo of the Year HK01 photojournalist Liu Ngan Hung won the Photo of the Year award for his picture of workers removing the Pillar of Shame – a statue that honoured those who…

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

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…

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In Pictures: High security, arrests and mini acts of defiance as Hong Kong seeks to thwart Tiananmen crackdown commemorations

Police carried out a large security operation during the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown that resulted in multiple arrests on Saturday, as individual Hongkongers attempted to stage mini acts of defiance around Victoria Park. On Friday, police cordoned off parts of the park in Causeway Bay, which for some 30 years was the site…

How Hongkongers were silenced after three decades of commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown

Mourners in several cities are scheduled on Saturday to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, when China’s military killed hundreds and perhaps thousands of protesters in Beijing. But for the first time, commemorations in Hong Kong are set to be largely muted. Over the past two years, authorities armed with the Beijing-imposed national…

In Pictures: Anonymous Hong Kong students hide miniatures of vanished Tiananmen crackdown statue around campus

In the run-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, students at a Hong Kong university are searching their campus for small figurines created to mark the event – months after authorities removed a full-size statue commemorating the 1989 bloodshed. The 3D-printed models of the Goddess of Democracy have been created to keep the memory…

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