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Remembering the Tiananmen Square Crackdown, and the "Tank Man"

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Robin Buchanan | 05 June, 2020, 00:20

A survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong showed that that 60% of its members think that the new security law will harm their local business operations.

After an initial dirty protest in the official Hong Kong parliament chamber, the meeting was resumed in a separate room where pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui splashed some liquid on the floor in the second dirty protest of the day.

"If the global community can provide a channel for Hong Kongers to find another safe harbour that will be really promising", he said.

Beijing says its proposed national security law, which will bypass Hong Kong's legislature, is a response needed to stop "terrorism and separatism" by targeting "secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and foreign interference".

Earlier today Standard Chartered, which like HSBC makes most of its profit from Asia, issued a similar statement: "We believe the national security law can help maintain the long-term economic and social stability of Hong Kong".

The State Department said in a statement released on Wednesday that the United States mourns the victims of the Tiananmen protests.

The national security legislation for Hong Kong falls within the legislative power of the nation and the responsibility of the central government of China, the spokesperson said, adding that the legislative move "has won full understanding and support from the worldwide community".


He said that Britain could allow BNO holders to come for a renewable period of 12 months "and be given further immigration rights, including the right to work, which could place them on a route to citizenship".

But the people of semi-autonomous Hong Kong have kept memories alive for the past three decades by holding a huge annual vigil, the only part of China where such mass displays of remembrance are possible. And they live under the rule of law, administered by independent courts.

Meanwhile, amid days of protests in the USA over police violence against Black citizens, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday tweeted a photo of him meeting prominent Tiananmen survivors.

The offers are being extended in light of China's planned national security law.

HSBC Holdings plc, born in the 19th century as the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp, and Standard Chartered plc (StanChart) yesterday endorsed a Chinese proposal that critics say will diminish freedom and violate the "one country, two systems" principle that governs the territory.

Hong Kong has had comparatively few cases of the virus and life has mostly returned to normal in the teeming city of 7.4 million.

"There may be no headcount on the 31st anniversary to compare with past observances as a measure of the relevance of the tragedy to Hong Kong's identity and a whole new generation".


He also said Hong Kongers born after 1997 would not be eligible to apply for the BNO passport, meaning this option may not be available to those under the age of 23.

"That it is down to the Australian government and ... also the Australian people to consider that". Both are headquartered in the United Kingdom, whose government has condemned the security law. It's seen as an important marker of Hong Kong's freedoms under the "one country, two systems" model that gives it some autonomy from mainland China. "But the organisers have vowed to adapt to the times" with candlelight protests across Hong Kong, it said.

She made the comment during a press conference Wednesday, just hours after U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared in an op-ed that his country would be willing to open the door to nearly three million Hong Kong citizens.

Hong Kong remains one of the few countries in the world with which the USA enjoys a trade surplus.

Thousands of participants take part in a memorial vigil in Victoria Park on June 4, 2020 in Hong Kong, China.

In the wake of the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square, then-Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced Chinese students would be allowed to stay in Australia.


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