Saturday, June 4, 2022

Mourning and remembering the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and also the Hong Kong that was

I lit a candle each this evening for the victims 
of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and Hong Kong
I woke up this morning literally feeling my heart aching.  Okay, it may have been heartburn due to my having had curry for dinner last night.  Even if so, it captures how I feel on June 4th: a dark day in the calendar; one that has involved mourning for decades now -- but, since 2020, for Hong Kong as well as the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989 (and those who have continued to seek justice for them, and so many others, all these years).
For three decades, Hong Kongers held a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park on June 4th to remember, mourn and remind the world about the Tiananmen Square Massacre.  However, in 2020, the event was banned by the authorities from taking place in Victoria Park, officially for "social distancing" measures, even though it takes place outdoors and it could so easily have been arranged for the candlelight vigil's participants to socially distance since it is a largely sedentary affair.
And yet Hong Kong resolved to commemorate the events of June 4th, 1989, and often in unorthodox ways.   Heck, even the Wuhan coronavirus appeared to join in making sure people remembered this date: since this June 4th saw Hong Kong recording 446 new Covid cases, including 64 imported ones!

As The Guardian's editorial on Hong Kong today noted: There has been "remarkable, creative resistance [in] a city which most [outsiders] had previously regarded as apolitical, conservative and motivated largely by money".  And this year, Hong Kongers feel compelled to mourn all the more -- because this time around, we are mourning the loss of our ability to protest in Hong Kong as well as the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre itself.

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