Some pro-democracy district councillors have responded to the calls by Tiananmen massacre vigil organisers to set up booths in different parts of Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of the 1989 bloody crackdown as police banned permission to use the usual venue at Victoria Park.
Eastern District Councillor vice president Andrew Chiu was seen urging people to join the vigil at 8pm and distributing candles while in Fortress Hill area councillors Jocelyn Chau and Jason Chan were also organising a similar activities.
People were seen gathering along the promenade outside Maritime Square in Tsing Yi with candles to mark the day. The strong wind in the area posed problems for many with lighted candles, but they persisted while raising slogans like "five demands, not one less".
At Taikoo, activists were also seen collecting signature against the proposed national security law that Beijing is moving to impose in Hong Kong.
Chiu said they had set up a booth from 5pm to distribute candles for the vigil scheduled to start at 8pm and collecting signatures against the new Beijing law. He said they had collected around 700 signs in about two hours.
He said after the police denied permission for the annual vigil this time, the pro-democracy camp councillors started planning booths to help people join the event in different places.
Chiu said Hong Kong people should show the authoritarian government that they are willing to stand up for their freedoms like the right to assembly.
Last updated: 2020-06-04 HKT 20:25
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People gathered along the promenade outside Maritime Square in Tsing Yi, struggling to keep their candles lit against the wind, as they marked 31 years since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Photo: RTHK
A stall set up by District Councillor Andrew Chiu urging people to join the June 4 vigil. Photo: RTHK
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