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Scuffles, arrests on Tiananmen Square anniversary as Hong Kong police lock down park

CA, 05 Jun 2021
Scuffles broke out Friday as police in Hong Kong tried to prevent people from gathering to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989, with at least one person arrested.

Authorities had sealed off Victoria Park, where thousands normally gather annually, citing the coronavirus as their reason. It was, however, the first anniversary of the crackdown taking place since Beijing imposed a sweeping and contentious national security law on the semi-autonomous city.

Police also arrested an organizer of the vigils for the victims of China's 1989 Tiananmen crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, saying Chow Hang Tung, vice-chairwoman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, as well as a 20-year-old food delivery man for allegedly for using a social media account to "advertise or publicize a public meeting" that was prohibited.

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