June 4 marks the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and has become a day of peaceful demonstrations in Hong Kong. In early 1989, students in Beijing led demonstrations against China's central government calling for greater freedoms. In the early hours of June 4, the military moved in to remove the demonstrators. An unconfirmed number of unarmed civilians were killed in the crackdown.
The day has deep meaning for many in Hong Kong. It should be possible for people to mark it peacefully, safe in the knowledge that they are acting within the law.
The anniversary’s importance cannot be underestimated, but with uncertainty about where red lines are drawn, most people err on the side of caution.
Lawful demonstrations are a feature of life that should return as Hong Kong opens up and seeks to rebuild its international image.
Events commemorating Tiananmen crackdown were the best known symbol of the city’s freedoms and they should be allowed to continue as long as they remain lawful.
The fate of pro-democracy groups under the national security law has raised fears for legitimate rights and freedoms that must continue to be protected and exercised under the Basic Law.
With the candlelight vigil marking the Tiananmen crackdown banned for the second year running and the national security law having a wider effect, the Hong Kong government should clarify the legal position of the event, so the public is clear on what is permitted and what is not.
Hong Kong people consecrate it as a collective, communal memory of a struggle for liberty soaked in blood. But in the end, the nation’s economic reforms offer far greater personal freedoms, and freedom from want, to far greater numbers of Chinese than anything that could have been achieved by the students and workers in 1989
The event may have been banned this year as a result of social-distancing rules, but as long as it and other gatherings do not pose a threat to public safety and order there is no reason they should not go ahead.
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