Hong Kong: Thousands challenge ban to attend Tiananmen Square vigil

Several thousands of protesters attended a mass vigil in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark the 31st anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, despite a police ban that cited coronavirus measures. Candles were lit to commemorate the victims of the 1989 crackdown, in a gathering that fell under social distancing restrictions still in place amid the coronavirus pandemic and in light of tensions sparked following the adoption by China of a national security law for the territory. The Tiananmen Square student-led demonstrations occurred in 1989 in Beijing and were suppressed on June 4 when the Chinese government used military force, killing and injuring hundreds of unarmed pro-democracy protesters.

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