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Tiananmen vigil group to remove all online posts

Tiananmen vigil group to remove all online posts

dpa
Hong Kong
The Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, the group that for years organized the now-banned Tiananmen Square Massacre commemorative event, will remove all of its online and social media posts, it announced on Thursday.
In a press release posted to Facebook, the group known as the HK Alliance said it had received 7-days notice by the Hong Kong police commissioner last Friday to remove material from its website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube by 10 pm (1500 GMT) September 16.
Since 1990, the group had organized June 4 vigils in Hong Kong to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. However, for the past two years, police have banned the candlelight event, which draws large crowds, citing health risks associated to the pandemic as the reason.
HK Alliance is the latest group to be investigated under the national security crackdowns that followed the implementation of a Beijing-imposed security law in June 2020, after a year of mass pro-democracy protests that rocked the city.
The group recently refused police requests to scrutinize it operations, after being accused by police of being “foreign agents,” an accusation the group deny.
On Wednesday, nine lawmakers and activists - five already serving time in jail on protest-related charges - were handed down sentences of up 10 months for taking part in or inciting others to join last year’s vigil despite the ban. Three received suspended sentences.  They were among thousands who broke through barriers to light candles and sing songs, despite heavy police warnings.

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