Hong Kong should be free to mark Tiananmen crackdown, EU says


BRUSSELS — China should enable the individuals of Hong Kong and Macau to commemorate the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Sq. crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, the European Union mentioned on Wednesday, regardless of well being considerations due to COVID-19.

“This commemoration is a sign that key freedoms proceed to be protected,” an EU spokeswoman informed a information briefing, noting China’s restrictions on gatherings as a result of well being dangers.

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“We belief that the individuals of Hong Kong and Macau will however be free to mark the anniversary appropriately. A transparent dedication to completely respecting assured rights and freedoms is now extra necessary than ever in gentle of current developments,” the spokeswoman mentioned, referring to China’s new safety legislation to restrict freedoms in Hong Kong.

Thursday marks 31 years since Chinese language troops opened fireplace to finish the student-led unrest in and across the sq.. Chinese language authorities ban any public commemoration of the occasion on the mainland. (Reporting by Robin Emmott)

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