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    7 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    One Country Two systems – Freedom of assembly

    Issue

    • June Fourth Candle Vigil

    News Content

    • More than 150,000 candle-bearers had packed the Victoria Park on the 22nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre to mourn for those died in the military crackdown of the democratic movement in Beijing in 1989.
    • Mr. Lee Cheuk-yan, Chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China accused the police of trying to stop more people entering the park by closing some entrances.
    • 200 people, 67 of them were due to report to the police for their previous arrest on March 6 during a demonstration against the government budget, marched to the North Point Police Station after attending the candle vigil.
    • They were stopped by the police near Tin Chong Street about midnight, instigating scuffles with police officials. 53 people, aged between 18 and 61, were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers and obstructing police. All were released unconditionally by 1 pm next day.

    Questions

    • The freedom of assembly – the right of people to gather without fear of government – was severely challenged by the police. At least two entrances to the vigil were closed by the police before the vigil started, causing unnecessary disturbances to the vigil.
    • In order to save the police’s face, 200 people were stopped, circled and (some) arrested by police on their ways to North Point Police station. Their rights of freedom of assembly were severely limited.