In the press, Thursday, June 4, 2020, the first reactions to the ban on Hong Kong residents will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre. A decision made in the name of health security, but behind which pro-democracy activists see a new manifestation of Beijing’s desire to undermine Hong Kong’s semi-autonomy.
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Pro-democratic activists in Hong Kong want to prevent the gathering and still want to celebrate the Tiananmen massacre. The Hong Kong Free Press website has chosen to publish 1989 photos from the Human Rights Archive in China, a non-governmental organization created during the Tiananmen uprising. Titled “Students will take precedence,” this series of photos shows, among other things, Beijing residents reading protest poems, plastered on the walls. The pictures are accompanied by this reminder: “The Tiananmen massacre occurred on June 4, 1989, ending months of student protests, and hundreds, perhaps over a thousand people, died when the military suppressed protesters in Beijing.”
Hong Kong Free Press also reports on Chinese reactions to the Prime Minister’s threat to welcome Hong Kong residents with open arms if China continues to introduce national security legislation – saying activists pro-democracy is perceived as an attempt to undermine Hong Kong’s semi-autonomy. Beijing immediately responded to Boris Johnson, urging the United Kingdom to “cease all interference” in the former colonial industry and, in turn, threaten retaliation.
As for the Guardian, he wonders why the Prime Minister decided to “stand up” against China. The British daily joke: “The promise to offer millions of Hong Kong citizens a path to British citizenship is a remarkable offer from a government that has spent four years struggling to implement Brexit and end the free movement of people from Europe”. The Guardian believes some of the conservative parliamentarians believe that China’s rise under Xi Jinping is a threat to the West and that it must be fought as such. make his country a “safe haven” for Hong Kongers, a venture that The Guardian wonders if the Prime Minister has “properly measured the scale”.
Boris Johnson was also accused of dealing with the Covid-19 epidemic and accused by his critics of being too easy at first, then of being too cautious – in short, of sailing in sight. And it is not scientific quarrels, especially about hydroxychloroquine, which will simplify his task, suggests a drawing signed Bob Moran, found on Twitter. “Follow science”, yes. But according to which expert? The British Prime Minister seems somewhat confused.