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A museum in Hong Kong opens exhibition commemorating 4 June Tiananmen Square massacre

A museum in Hong Kong opens exhibition commemorating 4 June Tiananmen Sq. bloodbath

The museum commemorating the 4 June, 1989, crackdown in Beijing reopened on Sunday, prematurely of this yr’s anniversary. Within the face of a second yr of refusal of permission from authorities on COVID-19 considerations, and the imprisonment of others for final yr’s occasion, this time, organisers mentioned they might not attempt once more, however hold their museum open until 10 pm on 4 June.

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The organiser of Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Sq. candlelight vigil has opened its yearly exhibit of images and paraphernalia from the bloody 1989 crackdown in Beijing on these calling for democracy in China. | Within the image: Footage for previous years of individuals gathered throughout a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park are displayed on the “June 4 Memorial Museum” run by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on Sunday, 30 Could, 2021. Photograph through The Related Press/Vincent Yu

The opening comes even as Hong Kong authorities have for the second year in a row banned the annual 4 June vigil, which normally draws tens of thousands of people into the streets. | In the picture: An eye of an activist shown on a TV screen and a picture depicting a man blocking a line of tanks at the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Beijing are displayed at the "June 4 Memorial Museum" run by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu

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The opening comes whilst Hong Kong authorities have for the second yr in a row banned the annual 4 June vigil, which usually attracts tens of hundreds of individuals into the streets. | Within the image: A watch of an activist proven on a TV display and an image depicting a person blocking a line of tanks on the 1989 pro-democracy motion in Beijing are displayed on the “June 4 Memorial Museum” run by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph through The Related Press/Vincent Yu

Authorities have cited the risk of the coronavirus, though the cancellation coincides with a broader crackdown on political activism and dissent in the city. | In the picture: A staff member adjusts exhibits at the "June 4 Memorial Museum" run by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu

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Authorities have cited the chance of the coronavirus, although the cancellation coincides with a broader crackdown on political activism and dissent within the metropolis. | Within the image: A employees member adjusts reveals on the “June 4 Memorial Museum” run by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph through The Related Press/Vincent Yu

Organised by The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, the museum each year shows photographs from the 1989 democracy movement as well as pictures from past candlelight commemorations in Hong Kong. | In the picture: An image on a TV screen and a picture on the wall both showing a man blocking a line of tanks at the "June 4 Memorial Museum" run by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu

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Organised by The Hong Kong Alliance in Assist of Patriotic Democratic Actions of China, the museum every year reveals images from the 1989 democracy motion in addition to photos from previous candlelight commemorations in Hong Kong. | Within the image: A picture on a TV display and an image on the wall each exhibiting a person blocking a line of tanks on the “June 4 Memorial Museum” run by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph through The Related Press/Vincent Yu

This year, visitors to the museum will also be able to lay flowers in remembrance of the victims who lost their lives in the massacre that took place on 4 June, 1989. | In the picture: A board showing the number of people attending the annual candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in past years is displayed at the "June 4 Memorial Museum". Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu

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This yr, guests to the museum may also be capable to lay flowers in remembrance of the victims who misplaced their lives within the bloodbath that happened on 4 June, 1989. | Within the image: A board exhibiting the variety of individuals attending the annual candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in previous years is displayed on the “June 4 Memorial Museum”. Photograph through The Related Press/Vincent Yu

For decades, the semi-autonomous Chinese cities of Hong Kong and Macao were the only places in China where public commemoration of the crackdown was allowed. Authorities in Macao have also cancelled their vigil for a second year. | In the picture: A picture showing a man blocking a line of tanks at the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Beijing is displayed at the "June 4 Memorial Museum" in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu

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For many years, the semi-autonomous Chinese language cities of Hong Kong and Macao have been the one locations in China the place public commemoration of the crackdown was allowed. Authorities in Macao have additionally cancelled their vigil for a second yr. | Within the image: An image exhibiting a person blocking a line of tanks on the 1989 pro-democracy motion in Beijing is displayed on the “June 4 Memorial Museum” in Hong Kong. Photograph through The Related Press/Vincent Yu

Despite the ban, thousands still turned up last year in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to light candles and sing songs. Later, police arrested more than 20 activists who were charged with taking part in an unauthorised assembly. | In the picture: A man walks past a backdrop of a Goddess of Democracy statue at the Tiananmen Square at the "June 4 Memorial Museum". Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu

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Regardless of the ban, hundreds nonetheless turned up final yr in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to gentle candles and sing songs. Later, police arrested greater than 20 activists who have been charged with participating in an unauthorised meeting. | Within the image: A person walks previous a backdrop of a Goddess of Democracy statue on the Tiananmen Sq. on the “June 4 Memorial Museum”. Photograph through The Related Press/Vincent Yu

The crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong followed months of anti-government protests that roiled the former British colony in 2019 and shook leaders back in Beijing. | In the picture: A visitor stands next to a cutout of a Goddess of Democracy at the "June 4 Memorial Museum". Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu

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The crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong adopted months of anti-government protests that roiled the previous British colony in 2019 and shook leaders again in Beijing. | Within the image: A customer stands subsequent to a cutout of a Goddess of Democracy on the “June 4 Memorial Museum”. Photograph through The Related Press/Vincent Yu

In the picture: A picture showing a man blocking a line of tanks at the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Beijing is displayed at the "June 4 Memorial Museum". Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu

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Within the image: An image exhibiting a person blocking a line of tanks on the 1989 pro-democracy motion in Beijing is displayed on the “June 4 Memorial Museum”. Photograph through The Related Press/Vincent Yu

In the picture: A 1989 newspaper on the crackdown of the 4 June, 1989, pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square is displayed at the "June 4 Memorial Museum" run by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on Sunday, 30 May, 2021. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu

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Within the image: A 1989 newspaper on the crackdown of the 4 June, 1989, pro-democracy motion in Beijing’s Tiananmen Sq. is displayed on the “June 4 Memorial Museum” run by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on Sunday, 30 Could, 2021. Photograph through The Related Press/Vincent Yu

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Updated: June 1, 2021 — 5:25 pm

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