World China Hong Kong Hong kong protests Xi jinping Hong Kong’s Victoria Park will be largely empty today—unlike last year, and the year before that, and the 28 years before that. Usually on June 4th the park is thronged with crowds commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, perhaps the most infamous single atrocity committed by the Chinese Communist Party since the death of Mao Zedong nearly a half-century ago. Hong Kong and Macau—the two semi-autonomous regions of China—are the only places in the country that have been allowed to mark an event the Party has tried to scrub from the national memory: the killing of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pro-democracy activists by Chinese soldiers. But this year, for the first time, Hong Kong authorities refused permission for the Victoria Park event. They cited concerns about the coronavirus. For pro-democracy activists, though, the cancellation is a portent of Hong Kong’s dark future, one in which Beijing extends ideological control over the former British colony despite mass protests and international condemnation. Democracy advocates already foresee the end of a Hong Kong with (relatively) free speech and free trade. Just last week, Chinese legislators approved draft national security legislation that would effectively criminalize… Read full this story
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