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Hong Kong, Newly Constrained, Tries to Remember Tiananmen Massacre

By Vivian Wang

04 Jun 2021 · 6 min read

HONG KONG — They had been barred from holding their usual memorial, but that did not mean they would not remember.

They gathered online, to watch a reading of a play about the massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing on June 4, 1989. They prowled bookstores, on a scavenger hunt for protest-themed postcards hidden in the stacks. They scribbled the numbers 6 and 4 on their light switches, so that everyday actions would become small acts of defiance.

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