For decades, Hong Kong has been one of just two cities in China allowed to mark the deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. On 4 June each year, thousands have gathered in Victoria Park in Hong Kong to mourn the victims of the crackdown, lighting candles and singing songs in remembrance. This year, however, Hong Kong authorities have banned the vigil for the second consecutive year, citing social distancing restrictions and public health risks from the coronavirus pandemic. Critics say authorities are using the pandemic as an excuse to silence pro-democracy voices in Hong Kong as Beijing tightens its control over the semi-autonomous city after months of anti-government protests in 2019. Last year, thousands gathered in Victoria Park despite the ban and police warnings. Weeks later, police arrested more than 20 activists who took part in the vigil. Organisers have urged residents to mark the anniversary in private this year by lighting a candle at home


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