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Hong Kong organizers lose appeal to hold Tiananmen vigil on June 4

COVID cited in ban on rally to remember crackdown on pro-democracy protests

Thousands of people hold a candlelight vigil to mark the 31st anniversary of the crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, after police rejected a mass annual vigil amid concerns about COVID-19, at Victoria Park, Hong Kong, on June 4, 2020.   © Reuters

Organizers of an annual vigil to commemorate the Chinese Communist government's bloody crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989 said on Saturday they had lost an appeal to hold this year's rally.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China planned to hold a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park next Friday.

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