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Hong Kongers were banned from marking 31 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre, but they're turning out anyway. It may be for the last time.

HONG KONG, CHINA - JUNE 3: Pro-democracy activists take part in a rally on the eve of Tiananmen Square Massacre candlelight vigil commemoration outside of the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre on June 3, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Participants commemorated the Tiananmen Square Massacre victims and showed support to the detained protesters inside the correctional facility. Police banned the annual commemorative candlelight vigil for the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre victims for the first time in 30 years due to the Covid 19 social distancing restriction. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images) 1217465629Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
  • Hong Kong banned the commemoration of the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, but activists are planning to meet regardless.
  • "See you at Victoria Park tonight," Eddie Chu, a prominent anti-China lawmaker, wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
  • This could be the last time Hong Kongers are free to mark the date, as China further weakens the city's autonomy.
  • On May 28, China passed a new national security law that could severely punish any sort of dissent. On Thursday, Hong Kong's Legislative Council criminalized the mocking of the Chinese national anthem.
  • March organizer Lee Cheuk-yan said: "Next year will be even more dangerous. Next year they can use the national security act against the people of Hong Kong."
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Hong Kong banned residents from commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, but protesters are standing their ground for what will likely be the last time.
China passed a new national security law on May 28 that all-but-ended the semi-autonomy of Hong Kong after 23 years of self-rule after 150 years as a British colony.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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