Police refuse Tiananmen vigil citing Covid-19 health concerns

The Public Security Police Force (CPSP) has refused the request by the Democratic Development Union to hold its annual 1989 Tiananmen Square June 4 crackdown vigil at the Senate Square citing Covid-19 concerns, TDM Radio reported.

It will be the first time the vigil is not held for 30 years.

The Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) had previously withdrawn an authorisation given to the association to hold its annual photographic exhibition on the democratization movement of 1989 and its crackdown at the Senate Square.

The exhibition organisers legislators Ng Kuok Cheong and Au Kam San, considered the decision to be political and raised the issue at a Legislative Assembly (AL) plenary session last week, describing the decisions as an attack to the freedom of expression of local residents.

Macau has not reported any new Covid-19 cases for 41 days.

Hong Kong government authorities have also banned an annual vigil for the Tiananmen Square massacre due to physical distancing measures limiting gatherings to a maximum of eight people having been extended.

This way, this year no Tiananmen vigils will be held either in Macau or Hong Kong.