Thousands Attend Tiananmen Vigil in Hong Kong, Despite Public Gathering Ban

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Thousands of people defied a police ban, Thursday, June 4, to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
READ MORE: Hong Kong’s legislature Thursday passed a controversial law to forbid ridicule of the Chinese national anthem amid widespread opposition.

The move came on the 31st anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen pro-democracy movement, with activists defying a police ban to hold commemorations in a downtown park where a mass gathering has been held for 30 years.

The national anthem law passed shortly before 5 p.m. local time, with 41 voting for it and 1 voting against it, after pro-democracy lawmakers were ejected for staging a noisy protest. The law was passed quickly among largely pro-Beijing lawmakers while pro-democracy legislators shouted “A murderous state stinks forever” after the third reading of the bill resumed following a pause of four hours.