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A first in 30 years, Tiananmen vigil banned in Hong Kong

Jun 01, 2020 18:28 IST

Hong Kong police on Monday banned an upcoming vigil marking the Tiananmen crackdown anniversary citing the coronavirus pandemic. This is the first time the gathering has been halted in three decades. The candlelight vigil on June 4 usually attracts huge crowds and is the only place on Chinese soil where such a major commemoration of the anniversary is still allowed. But police rejected permission for this year's rally saying it would "constitute a major threat to the life and health of the general public". Hong Kong has managed to keep the virus mostly in check, with just over 1,000 infections and four deaths.