From HKFP, the erasure of Tiananmen massacre commemorations in Hong Kong over the last two years. CNN says the memories are being erased. But for all the talk of erasing June 4, the date was impossible to ignore in Hong Kong this year as thousands of people assembled specially for the occasion – all dressed in blue.
Extensive official measures to ensure the anniversary got a high profile began with commemorative creepiness on Friday…
Police have warned the public not to test their determination to enforce the law on June 4, adding that even going alone to Victoria Park could end in an arrest for unlawful assembly, if someone is deemed to be there with a common purpose to express certain views.
Don’t assemble or have a common purpose with yourself? Don’t express ‘certain views’ – but what exactly would they be? Snr Supt Liauw also apparently said that you can still be committing an offense if you’re not in the park.
Interestingly, Liauw seemed almost desperate not to arrest anyone…
“Really try not to test the boundaries, as well as testing the determination or our commitment in enforcing the law in this operation.”
And the government announced that most of the park would simply be shut for the 24-hour period.
Police rushed into the tram in front of us and searched a passenger. They took him off, but then it seems they asked everyone to show their bags. Looking down later, it seems they found an electric candle.
Someone up there is so petrified of candles, Victoria Park and the Hong Kong people that they won’t let anyone forget 6-4, even if they want to. Chinese foreign ministry officials helped out by virtually inviting foreign consulates in Hong Kong to mark the day – the Poles got creative, as did the Finns.
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