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Small, scattered installations and signs in commemoration of the #TiananmenSquareMassacre and a growing crowd outside the Victoria Park, where #HongKong govt has banned the annual vigil on the grounds of public health.
Only before seven, but some have pushed down the gates and urging others to enter the field.
“The govt used ridiculous reasons like this construction sign to prevent citizens from using this sport field, especially on an important day like this one, it should make us angry, says a man, who then pushed down the gates surrounding the field.
Veteran journalist Allan Au is among the first to enter the field, “HK people have continued this vigil for 31 years. The govt is abusing the public gathering ban to outlaw it. What makes this year different is this might be the last. And we must continue as long we can.”
Participants of the #JuneFourth vigil are maintaining a careful social distance.
Passing on the torch at the #JuneFourth vigil, in commemoration of the #TiananmenSquareMassacre in 1989. The annual event is banned in #HongKong for the first time in 31 years, but HK people are making sure the tradition continues.
There is no official program for this year’s vigil. But politician Lee Cheuk Yan and members of HK Alliance, the usual organiser, are following tradition and singing Democracy Returns, while number of ppl sitting around them with candle light grows.
A small installation on the field: tiny Lego protesters in front of Goddess of Democracy
The park would usually be packed by now. Finding a space to even sit was difficult last year. But the turnout today, in defiance of the public gathering ban, is still impressive and the number is growing as people get off work.
#HongKong people are ever so resourceful. The gates were meant to shut them out, now they’re turned into benches.
A significant turnout at Victoria Park for the annual Tiananmen vigil in #HongKong, in defiance of the govt ban. Note people holding candlelight are sitting apart and maintaining social distance.
“I come every year. But this is the only year where I can finally relate to June Fourth. In the past, we sympathised with mainlanders, who are under crackdown. But now the crackdown is happening right before our eyes,” says Tang, who made a greener electronic candlelight.
“And it all happened so quickly. This past month, it felt like we are on fire. After last year, I also fear whenever I see the police, but I know we must continue despite our fear. Because we, Hong Kong, is the last line of defence.”
The crowd stood and raised their candlelight to the sky.
“Liberate #HongKong; Revolution of Our Time”. A round of slogan chanting at #TiananmenVigil
It did not take long before people filled up the entire park. People observed a moment of silence for victims of #TiananmenSquareMassacre.
What do you do if there’s no official organiser? Play the songs on a computer and sing along. A spontaneous session on one of the fields.
The crowd singing Glory To #HongKong, a protest anthem written during the movement last year.
It seems the government ban of the #TiananmenVigil did not deter anyone, and only helped spread it across town.
Some officers standing by as the crowd pour out of the park
Photo by 何柏佳 from @appledaily_hk of the #JuneFourth vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong tonight.
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