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China blasts US, EU consulates in Hong Kong for holding Tiananmen memorials-World News , Happy Easterday

China blasts US, EU consulates in Hong Kong for holding Tiananmen memorials-World Information , Glad Easterday

This yr’s vigil was banned at a time when Hong Kong authorities are finishing up a sweeping clampdown on dissent following big and sometimes violent democracy protests two years in the past

A person holds an indication studying “reject the political oppression in Hong Kong” as folks attend a vigil commemorating the thirty second anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen sq. pro-democracy protests and crackdown outdoors of the Chinese language consulate in Vancouver. AFP

China on Saturday berated the US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for displaying candles to commemorate the 4 June Tiananmen crackdown, slamming it as a “clumsy political present” to destabilise town.

Candles had been seen lit within the home windows of the US consulate constructing, which is subsequent to the residence of Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointed chief Carrie Lam, and the European Union’s workplace on Friday evening.

The missions additionally posted pictures of their candlelit Tiananmen memorials on social media.

“Any try to take advantage of Hong Kong to hold out infiltration or sabotage actions towards the mainland crosses the crimson line … is totally insupportable,” a spokesperson for the Hong Kong workplace of China’s international ministry mentioned.

“We once more urge the organs of related nations in Hong Kong to instantly … cease meddling with Hong Kong affairs and China’s inside affairs at giant, and keep away from enjoying with hearth.”

For 3 a long time in Hong Kong, big crowds, typically tens of 1000’s robust, have held candlelit vigils on June 4 for these killed in 1989 when tanks and troops crushed pro-democracy protests in Beijing.

Crowds have swelled in recent times as Hong Kongers chafe underneath Beijing’s more and more assertive rule.

Nonetheless, this yr’s vigil was banned at a time when Hong Kong authorities are finishing up a sweeping clampdown on dissent following big and sometimes violent democracy protests two years in the past.

Flashes of defiance nonetheless flickered throughout town Friday evening as residents concurrently turned their cell phone lights or lit candles in a number of districts throughout town to mark the date.

There have been on-line requires folks to show off the lights at dwelling and place candles of their home windows in commemoration.

Public commemorations of 4 June are forbidden in mainland China and, till just lately, semi-autonomous Hong Kong was the one place in China the place giant scale remembrance was nonetheless tolerated.

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Updated: June 5, 2021 — 8:41 am

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