The Hong Kong group that organized a vigil in memory of the Tiananmen Square massacre every year has disbanded

On Friday, the group of activists who for 32 years organized a vigil in memory of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Hong Kong announced their dissolution following judicial pressure from the Hong Kong government. The leaders of the group, which is called the “Hong Kong Alliance for the Support of Democratic and Patriotic Movements in China”, voted in favor of its dissolution after the government arrested several of its members and imposed heavy fines that are impossible to pay for. a group of volunteer activists.

For 32 years, every June 4, activists organized a large vigil in memory of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, carried out between June 3 and 4, 1989 by the communist regime against students, workers and demonstrators demanding democratic reforms. Tens of thousands of people attended the Hong Kong vigil for decades, but in recent years the event had been banned, first due to the coronavirus pandemic and then for political reasons.

The crackdown on democratic movements began in Hong Kong after China passed a controversial national security law in June 2020, which took away much autonomy from the city, which had previously enjoyed a special government regime and had guaranteed several rights denied in the rest of the country. Since that time, dozens of people have been charged with various law-related offenses, and numerous civil society associations, including human rights groups and trade unions, have been forced to disband.

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