Why banning Hong Kong’s Tiananmen crackdown commemorations highlights the authorities’ insecurities

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Hong Kong Free Press

Another anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown has come and gone. This year – like last year – the authorities mobilised thousands of police officers to ensure that no organised event took place. Officials closed Victoria Park and ramped up stop and searches, threatening anyone who looked “suspicious” with possible national security law violations, such as “sedition.” Intimidation. Thus it was that the authorities in Hong Kong stuck their stick in an open wound and swirled it around. What special insight do Hong Kong authorities have beyond the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign against histor…

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