4 Jun 2021

Hong Kong's annual Tiananmen Square massacre vigil banned

From Midday Report, 12:53 pm on 4 June 2021

Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. On June the 4th in 1989, the People's Liberation Army opened fire on unarmed student protesters. It was the most significant pro-democracy movement in modern mainland China. The real death toll is still unknown - Chinese officials say 241 people were killed but other estimates indicate thousands lost their lives. Hong Kong has traditionally held a mass vigil to commemorate those who were killed but this year, it's been banned for a second year in a row - citing Covid reasons. Hong Kong Free Press columnist, Stephen Vines spoke to Worldwatch's Perlina Lau about what's likely to happen today in Hong Kong.