Tiananmen Square memorials have long been illegal in mainland China, but the crackdown in Hong Kong is a more recent development.
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Last year, at least seven churches in Hong Kong offered candlelight vigil Masses on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Cardinal Zen said on Friday that the massacre may “gradually go far from us, but it seems to reappear before our eyes.”
Hong Kong Advocacy Organization Condemns China's Refusal to Allow Commemoration of Tiananmen Square Protests
Journalist and veteran Ellen Bork said one of the organization’s immediate goals is supporting the nominations of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists for the Nobel Peace Prize, which she believes could help to build pressure from the international community on China.
A public vigil for the anniversary of the massacre had originally been planned to be held in Victoria Park on June 4, but police curtailed the event because of public health restrictions during the new coronavirus pandemic.
Religious freedom is among the areas that have deteriorated since then, according to experts who monitor human-rights violations there.