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. The ban on the vigil in recent years left the park barricaded and empty, in stark contrast to the sea of candle lights for which it has become synonymous.

Victoria Park is empty as commemorative activities to mark the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989 are muted across Hong Kong. Photo: HKFP.
Victoria Park was empty on June 4 for the first time in 32 years in 2021. Photo: Kevin Cheng/United Social Press.
The Tiananmen Massacre vigil in 2020. Photo: Dominic Chiu/HKFP.
2019. Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.
2018 Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP.
2017. Photo: Catherine Lai/HKFP.
2016. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP.
2015. Photo: Dale De La Rey/AFP.
2014. Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP.
2013. Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP.
2012. Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP.
2011. Photo: Mike Clarke/AFP.
2010. Photo: Mike Clarke/AFP.
2009. Photo: Mike Clarke/AFP.
2008. Photo: Mike Clarke/AFP.
2007. Photo: Mike Clarke/AFP.
2006. Photo: Ted Aljibe.
2004. Photo: Richard A Brooks/AFP.
2000. Photo: Ira Chaplain/AFP.
1998. Photo: Peter Parks/AFP.
1990. Photo: Mike Fiala/AFP.

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