US News Hong Kong: Beijing criticizes the consulates of the United States and the EU for their candles commemorating Tiananmen
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L ES Chinese authorities felt that the candles lit by the consulates of the United States and The European Union in Hong Kong to commemorate Tiananmen's June 4, 1989 events accounted for a "malhaulating political show" to destabilize the territory.
"Any attempt to exploit Hong Kong to carry out infiltration or sabotage activities against the continent (thecontinental, NDLR) crosses the red line (...), is absolutely intolerable," said a door -Parole of the Hong Kong office of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"We urge the organs of the countries concerned in Hong Kong to stop immediately (...) to interfere with the affairs of Hong Kong and the internal affairs of China in general, and to avoid playing with fire" , he added.
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Candles were lit Friday night at the windows of the building of the American consulate, which adjoins the residence of the Hong Kong leader named by Beijing, Carrie Lam, as well as those of the office of the European Union.
These diplomatic missions have also published photographs of their tributes in Tiananmen made from candles, on social networks.
For three decades in Hong Kong, huge crowds organized vigils to candles on June 4 in memory of the people killed in 1989 during the repression of the Profitus Movement in Beijing.
But this year, any commemoration was formally prohibited by the Chinese authorities in the former British colony. The police forces the access to Victoria Friday, which was the traditional place of rally for these commemorations.
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Some people from Hong Kong, however, found other ways to commemorate this anniversary, including lighting small lights in the streets or windows, in the evening.
The authorities invoked as last year the restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic to prohibit the vigil. Yet the city has not registered any case of local contamination of unidentified origin in more than a month.
last year, the police had already banned it, but had observed without intervening the rally of thousands of people in Victoria Park. Some organizers have since been screwed with imprisonment.
In one year, the political climate has deteriorated considerably in the former British colony with the implacable repression of the pro-democracy movement that had mobilized massively in the streets in 2019 the population against Beijing's interference.
05/06/2021 06:05:15 - Hong Kong () - © 2021 AFP
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