Foreign missions share Tiananmen crackdown tributes on anniversary, ignoring Beijing warning

Foreign consulates in Hong Kong have ignored warnings from Beijing’s foreign office and and shared tributes to the Tiananmen dead on the 33rd anniversary of the crackdown.

Foreign consulates post tributes to the the Tiananmen crackdown. Photo: Facebook.

This year, commemorative masses have been axed and police have warned Hongkongers not to gather, as Victoria Park – site of a traditional candlelit vigil – is closed. Since the onset of the security law in 2020, Tiananmen books have been pulled from shelves, monuments removed, activists arrested, and museum exhibits confiscated.

The Tiananmen crackdown occurred on June 4, 1989 ending months of student-led demonstrations in China. It is estimated that hundreds, perhaps thousands, died when the People’s Liberation Army cracked down on protesters in Beijing.

Police clear Victoria Park on Friday night ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown. Photo: HKFP.

On Saturday, the US consulate changed its Facebook timeline image to a picture of the now-removed Pillar of Shame monument, and posted a statement from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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