Cancellation of Hong Kong Tienanmen Vigil Raises Protest Worries

After Hong Kong authorities canceled the annual candlelight vigil for the 31st anniversary of China’s violent government crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Tienanmen Square, China is now cracking down on any potential vigils, citing the need for social distancing guidelines even though most businesses have reopened in China.

China has done its best to crackdown on any commemoration of the Tienanmen Square protests. Chinese officials refuse to acknowledge it, scrubbing it from history books and the state-run internet.

Many in Hong Kong fear that this would be the last year they could commemorate the 1989 peaceful protests as China plans to impose national security legislation that critics say will crush freedom, according to CNN.