Thousands of Hong Kong residents defied a police ban to gather in the city’s Victoria Park and mark the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, said CNN.

Demonstrators hold a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Hong Kong Government banned mass gathering due to “public health” issue as the coronavirus pandemic is very much still a threat.

While numbers appeared down on previous years, and usually a well-organized memorial had a rather chaotic impromptu feel, they were by no means negligible, a major sign of defiance to Beijing said CNN.

Last year’s chanted slogans anti-government protests, including “fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” together with the more recent refrain, “Hong Kong independence, the only way out” was shouted in the demonstration.

Such slogans could be illegal soon, as Beijing moves to impose a national security law banning sedition, secession and separatism.

That impending law is currently being drafted in Beijing and will be imposed automatically in Hong Kong via a rarely used constitutional backdoor, bypassing the city’s legislature, said the report.

On June 4, 1989, Chinese troops and security police marched through Tiananmen Square to crackdown the demonstrators.

Authorities fired indiscriminately into the crowds of protesters, who are mostly young students to call for democracy.

In the ensuing chaos escalated in a riot, resulting in the death of hundreds even thousands of people, according to witnesses.

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