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Hong Kong's Tiananmen vigil organizer to halt almost all activities

Citing intensifying political suppression, group to lay off staff, shutter museum

Protesters gather at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4 in 2019, left. The park was empty this year after being cordoned off by police. (Source photos by Kosaku Mimura and Reuters)

HONG KONG -- The organization behind the annual June 4 commemoration in Hong Kong of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown will lay off all staff by the end of the month, the group announced Saturday, adding that half of the standing committee members have resigned.

Mounting political pressure since the imposition of the national security law last June has compelled one of the most prominent pro-democracy organizations in the territory to virtually halt its activities.

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