Pompeo meets survivors of Tiananmen crackdown

Pompeo meets survivors of Tiananmen crackdown

The pro-democracy opposition, which sees the law as an infringement of freedom of expression, boycotted the vote.

Despite the ban, candlelight vigils have been taking place all across the region. The bill also stipulates that the anthem should be included in school education to teach students "the history and spirit of the national anthem".

Ahead of the vote, two legislators were taken away by security guards after throwing a foul-smelling liquid on to the chamber floor.

The State Department said in a statement released on Wednesday that the United States mourns the victims of the Tiananmen protests.

"Lots of Hong Kong people have been very anxious about this national security law imposed on Hong Kong", he told SBS News.

HSBC is headquartered in London, but was founded in Hong Kong and has a major business presence in China.

An annual vigil has been held in Hong Kong since 1990.

But in mainland China, the crackdown is greeted by an information blackout, with censors scrubbing mentions of protests and dissidents often visited by police in the days leading up to June 4.

O'Connor's letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, as a country with a long-standing connection to Hong Kong, New Zealand had an interest in the "welfare and legal rights" of the people who lived there.

The city was engulfed by seven straight months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests past year - rallies that kicked off five days after the last annual vigil.

"There may be no headcount on the 31st anniversary to compare with past observances as a measure of the relevance of the tragedy to Hong Kong's identity and a whole new generation".

No clashes were reported there but police fired tear gas and made several arrests during scuffles that broke out in the working-class Mong Kok district, where demonstrators tried to set up roadblocks.

Australia-Hong Kong Link leader Jane Poon said it was "urgent" that Australia consider the UK's proposal to offer protection to Hong Kongers. While police played recordings warning people not to participate in the unauthorized gathering, they did little to stop people from entering the park.

In Mong Kok, Brenda Hui held a white battery-illuminated umbrella that read "Never Forget June 4". But police sources told the South China Morning Post that if different groups gathered for a "common purpose", they would be moved on.

"Around the world, there are 365 days in a year".

Elsewhere in Asia, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen expressed support for the Tiananmen memorial.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo was honored to meet yesterday with Wang Dan, Su Xiaokang, Liane Lee, and Henry Li - four of the thousands of courageous participants in the heroic protests for democracy that were brutally put down by the Chinese Communist Party on June 4, 1989.

China's foreign ministry said the calls were "complete nonsense". "The great achievements that we have achieved ... have fully demonstrated that the development path China has chosen is completely correct, which conforms to China's national conditions and has won the honest support of the Chinese people", Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing.

What is the national anthem bill?

Offenders could face a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment and a HK$50,000 (about $6,400) fine.

China claims that the laws, which have not yet been implemented, are necessary to crack down on separatism, subversion, terrorism, and foreign intervention in Hong Kong in the wake of the pro-democracy protests against Beijing.

"For Beijing to impose the Security Law on Hong Kong, without the direct participation of its people, legislature or judiciary, is a breach of the legally binding agreement between the United Kingdom and China".

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements, the organizer of the yearly June 4 event, urged the public to instead participate in an online commemoration and raise candles across the city.

Media captionWhy were Hong Kong fans booing their anthem?

China reportedly sentenced many of those detained in Tiananmen Square to varying lengths of time in prison and executed others.

Opponents of the anthem bill and the national security law see them as signs of Beijing's tightening control over the territory.

The law also would enable Chinese national security organs to operate in the city "to fulfill relevant duties to safeguard national security in accordance with the law".

"With this massacre and the CCP in power, there is no guarantee, no protection for Hong Kong's freedom", he says.

The 2019 vigil was far larger than usual and carried more meaning than previous years.

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