US will continue to speak out and promote accountability for Chinese atrocities and human rights abuses: Blinken
Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said the US will continue to speak out and promote accountability for Chinese atrocities and human rights abuses, including those in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Tibet.
"To the people of China and to those who continue to stand against injustice and seek freedom, we will not forget June 4," Blinken said in a statement on the 33rd anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre.
" Today, the struggle for democracy and freedom continues to echo in Hong Kong, where the annual vigil to commemorate the massacre in Tiananmen Square was banned by the PRC and Hong Kong authorities in an attempt to suppress the memories of that day," he said.
At least six people were arrested in Hong Kong as the authorities attempt to restrict public commemoration of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
The Hong Kong citizens held a candlelight vigil to mark the 33rd anniversary of the 1989 crackdown in Beijing.
In 2020, China had banned the city's annual public vigil.
BBC quoted the Hong Kong Police as saying that five men and one woman had been arrested on Saturday in the vicinity of Victoria Park, where a candlelight vigil marking the 1989 crackdown in Beijing would have been held.
Several images also became viral on social media showing people being detained.
However, the heavy police presence had failed to deter some Hongkongers from approaching the park and conducting their own acts of commemoration in defiance -- by holding up electronic candles and phone flashlights or quietly singing songs of remembrance, CNN reported.
One of the attendees of the vigil who is also a volunteer for the Tiananmen Mothers Campaign said, "It's heartbreaking to see (Victoria Park) like this. Hong Kong has sunk far and fast into a police state."
On Friday, the authorities said, "Police noticed that some people have been spreading messages on the Internet to incite others to take part in unauthorised assemblies at Victoria Park and in Causeway Bay on June 4.