Hong Kong police ban Tiananmen vigil for first time in 30 years

Marco Green
June 2, 2020

It is to plug the loopholes in national security legislation in Hong Kong, better implement "one country, two systems", and maintain Hong Kong's prosperity and stability in the long run, a spokesperson of the commissioner's office said. "I hadn't considered emigrating or working overseas before this", she said.

China said on Monday the United States was "addicted to quitting" following a USA decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) and said the withdrawal reveals a pursuit of power politics and unilateralism.

Several countries have since moved to counter Beijing's aggression toward Hong Kong. There are more than 500,000 Canadians of Hong Kong descent.

"The time to act is now".

-Expanding family-reunification sponsorship programs beyond parents and spouses.

Conservative MP Kenny Chiu, who was born in Hong Kong, said the people of his homeland respect human rights and the rule of law, and they are prepared to commemorate Thursday's anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre that saw the Chinese army kill scores of pro-democracy student protesters in 1989.

The state-run China Daily posted a political cartoon showing a coronavirus patient saying "I can't breathe" - the dying words of Floyd - as a figure resembling Trump walks away after cutting the line to an oxygen tank labelled "WHO".

Details of the new security law are not public yet.

Now, with U.S. officials struggling to contain widespread protests triggered by outrage over the death of George Floyd, China has jumped on the situation, using State television to play scenes from the anarchy and harsh police responses in the US. They said the laws will only apply to a small number of "troublemakers". The Liberals and NDP had rejected a motion last week to allow the committee to sit through the summer months to hold hearings on Hong Kong and draft a new policy for engaging with China.

Hua Chunying, China's foreign ministry spokesman, fired back at the US over the nationwide riots, tweeting last week "I can't Breathe", the expression uttered by Floyd before he died.

Other Chinese officials echoed Zhao's remark.

He announced the USA would begin the process of stripping some of Hong Kong's privileged trade status without detailing how quickly any changes would take effect and how many exemptions would apply. Last week, Canada, the United States, Britain and Australia gave a strong statement urging Beijing to respect Hong Kong's autonomy.

However, Amnesty International said a socially distanced vigil should be facilitated.

"Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China and any suggestion that China does not have the right to protect its own territory from separatists, terror and anarchy does not stand up to scrutiny and smacks of hypocrisy and double standards", a spokesman said.

"The callous truth is more likely that Beijing has calculated that amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic turmoil, governments will be distracted or reluctant to strain trading relationships, and thus not press on this", Mr. Neve said. Mass protests erupted in Hong Kong in June when 2019 authorities announced they were considering making amendments to a bill that would allow the city to extradite suspects to jurisdictions with which it did not have an extradition agreement, including mainland China.

These protests evolved into demands for greater democracy and autonomy.

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