Hongkongers warned not to ‘test police’ on June 4 as force reports online calls to join unauthorised assembly

Hong Kong police have warned people not to join gatherings on the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, saying online posts appeared to “incite” others to take part in an unauthorised assembly in Causeway Bay on Saturday.

The warning came on Thursday at a press briefing outside police headquarters in Wan Chai. Asked for details of the posts and the social media platforms involved, police said they “would not help promote” such content and offered no further information. No arrests have been made so far.

Senior Superintendent Liauw Ka-kei. Photo: Hong Kong Police, video screenshot.

A candelight mass vigil was held for decades in Victoria Park for victims of the 1989 military crackdown on protesters in Beijing. But the government banned the event, which had been organised by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, in 2020 and 2021, citing public health reasons amid the Covid pandemic. Coronavirus-related curbs on outdoor gatherings are still in force.

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