An enormous banner urging people not to forget the Tiananmen Square Massacre was unfurled on a prominent Hong Kong hillside as locals prepare to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing.
Firefighters received a report around 6am this morning that a banner reading “Don’t Forget June 4” had been spotted draped down the side of Beacon Hill in Kowloon.
Removal efforts were hampered by heavy rain, but firefighters managed to remove the banner by about 8:30am, according to Apple Daily.
The pro-democracy party League of Social Democrats, which has claimed responsibility for similar banners in the past, suggested on Facebook today that they were behind the latest display, posting a photograph of the sign with the caption: “See you at the Victoria Park vigil tonight!”
The post was referring to the annual gathering at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to commemorate those who lost their lives on June 4, 1989, when the People’s Liberation Army turned its tanks and guns on crowds of pro-democracy protesters who had been occupying Tiananmen Square for months.
The annual vigil, organized by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, is slated to officially get underway tonight at 8pm.