Hong Kong braces as protesters plan to defy Tiananmen vigil ban

Tension high as authorities ban vigils marking 1989 pro-democracy movement ahead of vote on bill that would outlaw mocking Chinese anthem

Hong Kong is bracing for another tense day as its legislature prepares to pass a controversial bill criminalising mockery of China’s national anthem, which coincides with the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen square crackdown. Activists plan to defy a police ban and hold a candle-lit vigil in a downtown park to mark the event 31 years ago.

Many fear this year’s Tiananmen commemoration might be Hong Kong’s last, as looming national security laws imposed by China on the semi-autonomous city would prevent and punish “acts and activities” that threaten national security.

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Tension high as authorities ban vigils marking 1989 pro-democracy movement ahead of vote on bill that would outlaw mocking Chinese anthemHong Kong is bracing for another tense day as its legislature prepares to pass a controversial bill criminalising mockery of China’s national anthem, which coincides with the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen square crackdown. Activists plan to defy a police ban and hold a candle-lit vigil in a downtown park to mark the event 31 years ago.Many fear this year’s Tiananmen commemoration might be Hong Kong’s last, as looming national security laws imposed by China on the semi-autonomous city would prevent and punish “acts and activities” that threaten national security. Continue reading…

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