Police officers stand guard after blocked Victoria Park on the 32nd anniversary of the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, in Hong Kong, China June 4, 2021. REUTERS/Lam Yik
June 4, 2021
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities on Friday closed off a large swathe of the city's Victoria Park for the first time in 32 years on the anniversary of Beijing's bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in and around Tiananmen Square.
Police had banned the annual vigil, citing coronavirus, but some residents said they still planned to visit the park to pay their respects to those who perished.
Friday's anniversary is the first since Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on its freest city last year.